Re: Demographics? Guns? Southern culture? Reasons for regional homicide variations remain elusive
 
From: cscitizen@windstream.net
 
http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/09/demographics_guns_southern_cul.html#incart_big-photo
 
To the Editor:
                    
In response to the article, " Demographics? Guns? Southern culture? Reasons for regional homicide variations remain elusive."
  
No its not elusive, the reports on crime by local, state & the F.B.I. paint a clear picture of who, what, when & where most crimes are committed. The problem is the powers that be & the mainstream media do not like the results those facts & whom they point to. However, facts & math don`t lie.
  
You lump everyone in the South all together in those figures & blame this high crime rate on the average Southerner as a whole. When those numbers are broken down by race the F.B.I. statistics clearly show that blacks commit the vast majority of those crimes even though they only account for 27% of Alabama`s population. It’s a cultural thing or a lack thereof.
  
This notion that because white Southerners defended themselves, their families & homes when the north invaded during the Civil War is just that, a notion. A man who would not defend his family & home under any & all circumstances in any time period is not a man. Its true we Southerners like guns but, as a group the majority of us don`t use them to look for trouble & commit crimes.
  
We use them to protect ourselves & ours. The facts in the crime stats say so if you would bother to listen to what they are telling you.
 
Billy E. Price
Ashville, Al.