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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Less than half an hour into his meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, President Trump urged the illegal confiscation of guns, told a Republican (to his face) that he was scared of the NRA and threw a series of wrenches into Congress's legislative strategy on guns. In other words, another meeting with Trump. One of the strangest moments came when he argued that the alleged shooter in the tragedy in Parkland, Fla. -- about whom there were numerous red flags -- should have had his guns taken away regardless of what the law allowed. "I think they should have taken them away, whether they had the right or not," Trump said. He added later, in case there was any doubt: "Take the guns first, go through due process second." read more


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White supremacists' favorite myths about black crime rates take another hit from BJS study

White supremacists frequently like to manipulate crime statistics in order to claim that nonwhite minorities, particularly African-Americans, are far more crime-prone and the source of most violent crime against whites. Indeed, it is a core belief that this is the case, and many white nationalist ideologues -- including politician and pundit Patrick Buchanan, Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, and the Council of Conservative Citizens -- all have made considerable hay out of proffering "studies" laden with risibly bad statistics and other evidence to make their case.

The BJS study demonstrates plainly that this is simply not the case. Some 57 percent of crimes involving white victims were committed by white perpetrators, while only 15 percent were committed by blacks, and 11 percent by Hispanics. Black crime victims fell along similar racial lines, with 63 percent of the crimes committed by black perpetrators, while 11 percent were committed by whites, and 6.6 percent by Hispanics.

This is consistent with previously collected data, including a National Crime Victim Survey in 2000 that showed that 73 percent of white violent crime victims were attacked by whites, and 80 percent of black victims were targeted by blacks. This pattern is even clearer in the category of murder.

The false beliefs that arise from these smears have consequences, too: Dylann Roof, the domestic terrorist who killed nine members of a Charleston church's black congregation in June 2015, shouted during the rampage at his victims his belief that they were "killing us." In his manifesto, he specifically cited the CofCC's website and Taylor's smear pamphlet as the source of his information.

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