Tuesday, July 1, 2014

And the states with most gun violence are...

... Surprise, surprise: the pro-gun states.

This fact is nothing new but the right-wing media would lie and tell you the exact opposite. Moreover, the most violent gun states are all Red States. Finally, the most violent gun states are also among the poorest -- but if you read me often then you already know there's a strong correlation between poverty and Red States:

Gun-related homicide rates in all but three of the 10 states with the most firearm death rates were above the national rate of 3.6 homicides per 100,000 residents. Louisiana, the only state on this list where homicide accounted for more gun-related deaths than suicides, reported 9.4 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2011, more than in any other state.

So here are the top 10 most violent gun states:

10. South Carolina  (also 9th poorest state)
9.   New Mexico  (2nd poorest state)
8.   Alabama  (7th poorest state)
7.   Arkansas  (4th poorest state)
6.   Montana
5.   Oklahoma  (15th poorest state)
4.   Wyoming  
3.   Alaska
2.   Mississippi  (the poorest U.S. state)
1.   Louisiana  (3rd poorest state)

So Fox and talk radio would like to sell you the lie that guns are only a problem in inner cities like Chicago, DC, New York and LA, when in fact the most gun violence happens in less populated, more rural, poorer, conservative Red States.  (We can just say "Red States" for short.)  

By Thomas C. Frohlich
June 26, 2014 | 24/7 Wall St.

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