Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blue States Have More Mass Murders Per Capita

From blog friend William Teach, who usually blogs at Pirate's Cove, but from Doug Ross@Journal, this interesting, but not really surprising piece of statistics: VOX QUIETLY REVEALS: Democrat-Run Blue States Have About 50% More Mass Shootings Than Red States

And what are Democrat-run states? They’re the ones with the most gun restrictions.
Blue states have 42 percent more mass shootings than red states after adjusting for population, according to data published by Vox, a progressive media outlet, and examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Vox published its data after the Orlando terror attack last Sunday, and it suggests that blue states, which tend to have extremely strict gun laws, are ironically much more likely to have mass shootings than red states with less strict gun laws.
TheDCNF’s analysis found that 543 of the mass shootings listed by Vox occurred in blue states while only 330 occurred in red states. If adjusted to account for differences in the size of population, blue states have .381 mass shootings per 100,000 people, while red states have a mere .267.
This all means that mass shootings are “42 percent more likely to occur in a blue state after accounting for population differences.”
I suspect several things play into this. Red states tend to be more predominantly rural than blue states, and while guns are more common among rural residents as tools, they aren't used as much in crimes as they are in more urban areas. In rural areas, it might even be difficult to get three or more victims in one place. Plus, there's the added danger that they'll be well armed and shoot back.

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