The Geography of Gun Deaths

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    "It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners"
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    The Geography of Gun Deaths

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    Let's start by looking at factors that are sometimes assumed to be associated with gun violence but statistically are not.

    It is commonly assumed that mental illness or stress levels trigger gun violence. But that's not borne out at the state level. We found no statistical association between gun deaths and mental illness or stress levels. We also found no association between gun violence and the proportion of neurotic personalities.

    Images of drug-crazed gunmen are a commonplace: Guns and drug abuse are presumed to go together. But, again, that was not the case in our state-level analysis. We found no association between illegal drug use and death from gun violence at the state level.

    Some might think gun violence would be higher in states with higher levels of unemployment and higher levels of inequality. But, again, we found no evidence of any such association with either of these variables.

    So what are the factors that are associated with firearm deaths at the state level?

    Poverty is one. The correlation between death by gun and poverty at the state level is .59.

    An economy dominated by working class jobs is another. Having a high percentage of working class jobs is closely associated with firearm deaths (.55).

    And, not surprisingly, firearm-related deaths are positively correlated with the rates of high school students that carry weapons on school property (.54).

    What about politics? It's hard to quantify political rhetoric, but we can distinguish blue from red states. Taking the voting patterns from the 2008 presidential election, we found a striking pattern: Firearm-related deaths were positively associated with states that voted for McCain (.66) and negatively associated with states that voted for Obama (-.66). Though this association is likely to infuriate many people, the statistics are unmistakable. Partisan affiliations alone cannot explain them; most likely they stem from two broader, underlying factors - the economic and employment makeup of the states and their policies toward guns and gun ownership.

    Firearm deaths were far less likely to occur in states with higher levels of college graduates (-.64) and more creative class jobs (-.52).

    Gun deaths were also less likely in states with higher levels of economic development (with a correlation of -.32 to economic output) and higher levels of happiness and well-being (-.41).

    And for all the terrifying talk about violence-prone immigrants, states with more immigrants have lower levels of gun-related deaths (the correlation between the two being -.34).

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    This isn't surprising. We see it here every day.

    Red states are gun happy and shoot at each other.

    Blue states tend to be better educated and have higher paid jobs.
     
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    How about shading the chart by urban centers, where most of the shootings occur?

    Which political party is in charge of cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, hackopotamus?
     
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    yea i would like to see Dudley explain Chicago.....Dean did not answer when i asked him.....
     
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    Cities with the Highest Rates of Total Gun-Related Deaths
    (per 100,000 people)
    Rank City City Rate Metro Rate City/Metro
    Ratio
    1 New Orleans 69.1 32.8 2.1
    2 Detroit 41.4 14.8 2.8
    3 Las Vegas 36.9 17.6 2.1
    4 Miami 33.5 11.7 2.9
    5 Baltimore 33.1 15.2 2.2
    6 St. Louis 31.1 14.0 2.2
    7 Richmond 29.9 15.7 1.9
    8 Memphis 25.5 19.8 1.3
    9 Cleveland 25.2 10.9 2.3
    10 Philadelphia 24.3 12.4 2.0
    The Geography of U.S. Gun Violence - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities
     
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    All I hear about is gun deaths. What about gun woundings. 4 today in Lexington KY, but no deaths so far from them.
     
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    In case this was missed -

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    Gun related homicides, from the same link

    Rank City City Rate Metro Rate City/Metro Ratio
    1 New Orleans 62.1 24.1 2.6
    2 Detroit 35.9 9.3 3.9
    3 Baltimore 29.7 10.3 2.9
    4 Oakland, CA 26.6 7.1 3.7
    5 Newark 25.4 3.3 7.7
    6 St. Louis 24.1 7.2 3.3
    7 Miami 23.7 6.3 3.8
    8 Richmond 23.1 7.4 3.1
    9 Philadelphia 20 7.8 2.6
    10 Washington, D.C. 19 5.5 3.5

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/12/geography-us-gun-violence/4171/
     
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