CNN host Van Jones made the perfect point to counteract all the nonsense that has been floating around since the devastating attack on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando perpetrated by a Muslim shooter.
While bigots such as Donald Trump were quick to jump to absurd solutions such as the need for racial profiling, contributors such as Jones remained voices of reason.
The truth is that the vast majority of shootings in the U.S. are committed by white men—in fact, ThinkProgress specified that you are “7 times as likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist than a Muslim terrorist.”
Jones used this same statistic to combat Trump’s belief that “Profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”
“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings,” Jones countered. “The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all.”
“If I came on TV and said let’s start racially profiling white men, let’s start racially profiling young, white men who are loners with bowl haircuts, people would think, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty unfortunate conclusion for you to come to.’ If a Christian shoots somebody, we don’t say a Christian shot them. But if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that’s starting to muddy the waters.”
Jones accurately notes the double standard in solutions such as racial profiling—it’s based on inherent prejudices and biases. The public would be aghast if police began to profile young, white men, although these are statistically the individuals most likely to commit mass shootings.
Similarly, we should not be rushing to condemn all Muslims as Trump and other right-wingers would like to—the most effective solution to keeping guns out of the hands of shooters of all races is stronger gun control.
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