Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters blames America’s gun problem on “Black people, frankly”

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Tech investor and Arizona Republican Senate hopeful Blake Masters acknowledges that the United States has a gun violence problem. But he also has a theory about why there's a problem—it's "Black people, frankly."

Masters boiled the issue down in an April 11 interviewon the Jeff Oravits Show podcast, telling the host that "we do have a gun violence problem in this country, and it's gang violence."

"It's people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly," Masters clarified. "And the Democrats don't want to do anything about that."

It's unclear why Masters—who has pushed the baseless "great replacement" conspiracy theory narrative—felt compelled to single out Black people. Moments earlier in the interview, during a discussion about Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings, Masters told Oravits that "most Americans just, you know, just want to stop obsessing about race all the time," adding that "the left's biggest tool in their toolkit is just to divide people on the basis of race, and that's really messed up."
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A Masters campaign spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment.

Back in the interview, Masters—who has likened federal campaign disclosure laws to Kristallnacht—veered into conspiratorial territory.

Democrats "don't like the Second Amendment," he said, because "it frankly blocks a lot of their plans for us"—an unhinged, fact-free statement that liberal officials have cooked up a plot to physically force conservatives to comply with some unarticulated maleficent regime, but have been bayed by fears that a constitutionally endowed populace will shoot them if they try.

Masters also tossed out misleading red meat gripes about crime in West Coast cities Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Masters lived much of his adult life before relocating to Arizona ahead of his Senate bid.

Those cities, he told Oravits, have "legalized crime," claiming that "you can't get arrested if you smash someone's window and take a purse or an iPhone."
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Masters, 35, is a fairly new name in GOP politics, but he has benefited from powerful friends—including his mentor, Thiel, who threw $10 million into a super PAC backing his primary bid.

Thiel's support went a long way to landing a recent endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who officially blessed Masters on Thursday. It wasn't a surprise—Trump has a score to settle with Masters' top opponent, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich, who resisted Trump's pressure to invalidate his state's 2020 election results.
 

SIXERS24

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There is no doubt he is 50% right

He is also wrong to single groups out.

According to the FBI, African-Americans accounted for 55.9% of all homicide offenders in 2019, with whites 41.

That's pretty violent for 12.5% percent of the population
 
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seminole97

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Finally a Republican is being honest enough to say out loud what they normally only post anonymously on line.
The Baltics are very murdery.


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Hawk and Awe

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The dude blames blacks for gun violence and you guys feel a need to fact check him?

I still don’t know what it means, but the whole critical race theory seems more reasonable every day
 
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There is no doubt he is 50% right

He is also wrong to single groups out.

According to the FBI, African-Americans accounted for 55.9% of all homicide offenders in 2019, with whites 41.

That's pretty violent for 12.5% percent of the population
What do you think we should do with them?
 

dandh

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Here is the full quote,per the story:

“It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly,” Masters clarified. “And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
 

stout1

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Here is the full quote,per the story:

“It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly,” Masters clarified. “And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
The full quote is definitely less racist.
 
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Here is the full quote,per the story:

“It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly,” Masters clarified. “And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
That makes it better?
 

dandh

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The Baltics are very murdery.


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Among some of the countries missing from that chart

El Salvador was once widely considered the “homicide capital of the world.” But over the past seven years, the country's murder rate—which peaked at over 105 homicides per 100,000 people in 2015—has plummeted. Since Nayib Bukele became president in 2019, the number of homicides has halved.Apr 11, 2022

Even though the coronavirus pandemic reduced many activities in Mexico in 2020, the number of killings was essentially equal to the 36,661 that occurred in 2019. That means that Mexico's nation-wide murder rate in 2020 remained unchanged at 29 per 100,000 inhabitants.Jul 27, 2021

Rates of crime in Guatemala are very high. An average of 101 murders per week were reported in 2018.[citation needed] The countries with the highest crime and violence rates in Central America are El Salvador and Honduras.[1] In the 1990s Guatemala had four cities feature in Latin America's top ten cities by murder rate: Escuintla (165 per 100,000), Izabal (127), Santa Rosa Cuilapa (111) and Guatemala City (101).[2] According to New Yorker magazine, in 2009, "fewer civilians were reported killed in the war zone of Iraq than were shot, stabbed, or beaten to death in Guatemala," and 97% of homicides "remain unsolved."[3] Much of the violent nature of Guatemalan society stems back to a 36-year-long civil war [4] However, not only has violence maintained its presence in the post-war context of the country following the Guatemalan Civil War, but it has extended to broader social and economic forms of violence.[5]
 

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