Monday, December 17, 2012

Guns and homicide

Folks living in rural areas often own guns. Indeed, I imagine gun ownership is more prevalent in farming and ranching communities than urban residential areas. So how does access to guns correlate with homicide?

In the most-urban counties -- those with a metropolitan area of at least 1 million people -- there were 3.8 gun homicides per 100,000 children and teens age 19 or younger.

In the most-rural counties -- defined as being either "completely rural" or having an urban population of less than 2,500 and no nearby metropolitan area -- the gun-homicide rate was just under 0.8 per 100,000.


  1. And the next line of the article states

    "The picture was reversed, however, when it came to gun suicides, with the most-rural areas having a fourfold higher rate than the most-urban ones: 2.75 versus 0.7 suicides per 100,000 kids."

    and further:

    "The rate of accidental gun death was 0.5 per 100,000 in the most-rural counties, compared with 0.1 per 100,000 in the most urban."

    I think its safe to say that the US has a gun violence problem across the board. Just checkout this graph:

    1. According to your profile, you have an appetite for very violent movies. So your complaint is quite ironic.

  2. You're studiously ignoring the non-correlation between easy access to guns and rates of gun-related homicide. Since anti-gun proponents typically equate higher rates of gun-ownership with higher rates of gun-related homicide, I'm citing a basic counterexample. I'm responding to them on their own terms. Are you just too dense to follow the argument?

    In addition, it's not as if banning guns would prevent suicide. Unfortunately, there are lots of simple ways to kill yourself. Are you planning to ban/confiscate all the methods by which people commit suicide?