Sunday, August 10, 2014

Where do gun deaths occur most frequently?

Source: Rolling Stone
Thanks to Erik Kuhne for identifying this map. Here is similar information in another form:

As you can see there are geographic clusters in which gun ownership and gun deaths are related.

  • In Wyoming and Montana people have lots of guns and there are lots of gun deaths.
  • In Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi there are not quite as many households with guns but lots of gun deaths.
  • Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut (and Hawaii) relatively few households have guns and gun deaths are relatively quite low.
Now compare that with the liberal-conservative balance of the state as shown in the following map.

Ideological Map of States
Source of map; Source of data

Blue- 20 most conservative states
Grey- 21st to 30th most conservative states
Red- 20 least conservative states 

It would seem that states with more conservative populations have more gun deaths, while states with less conservative populations have fewer gun deaths. 

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