There is a problem with white men owning guns. It is becoming a weekly event called mass shootings and sometimes called hate crimes. The shooter is not an alien, an MS-13 gang member, a Muslim terrorist, or a black thug, but rather “lone wolves–confused mentally ill white men.” Perhaps the problem is not guns but white men with guns.
To solve a problem one needs to identify it. Thus far, we managed to ignore the growing elephant in the room.
- What has white men so on edge?
Over the centuries, white men had it fantastic! They did whatever they desired, so it seemed to rest of us. White women were toys, Black women/people property. White men had powerful networks of wealthy men who had each other’s back. White women were barred from that network and so were Asians, Blacks, Latinos and at one time Jews. And everyone wanted blonde hair and blue eyes.
White men deftly deployed a “divide and conquer” strategy to secure their supremacy status. They created conditions where the oppressed fought with each other while the wealthy [white men] stoked the flames of fear, hate and violence. They designed a surreptitious system of discrimination where groups subjected to its abuses, subsequently, embrace it once a carrot of superiority to other groups dangled before them.
During slavery, wealthy slave owners became fearful when poor white men and women joined forces with slaves and poor black farmers. To sever that connection slave owners granted poor whites authority over slaves along with financial incentives. It worked like a charm. Just a bit of power was enough to sever bonds that could have changed history for the better.
In the past, in the white man’s world order, they were “kings,” even “gods’ and everyone else created to serve their delights. They raped and pillaged and then lied about it. Time changed and many white men can’t accept the new reality. The results are mass shootings, hate crimes, and white nationalists.
To reduce gun violence, we need to address the problem of white men with guns, many are not mentally stable and are lone wolves.