I am no gun guy. But I am a big 2nd Amendment guy. It is a vital part of our Constitution and key to the protection of the citizenry
With guns comes great responsibility, but given that there are more guns than people in this country, and that in much of the country there are WAY more guns than people, it looks like the American people on the whole have long been very responsible indeed.
It is striking however how many counties with strict gun control laws are shaded in red above.
Let’s see… New Orleans? Yep. New York? Yep. Chicago? You got it.
Of course it should be noted that one need not have a gun to commit murder and that the chart above does not specifically focus on murder by gun, but murder as a whole.
Still, our point holds, even when considering that the “murder counties” tend to have more people in them on average.
In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders. 69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country.
The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties.
Murders actually used to be even more concentrated. From 1977 to 2000, on average 73 percent of counties in any give year had zero murders. Possibly, this change is a result of the opioid epidemic’s spread to more rural areas.