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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:29 AM

34. Interesting.... Where is the problem, really?

 

I downloaded that first table. At first glance it looks like California, Florida and Texas are the big gun problems in the country. However, if you resort the data based on per-capita incidents instead of totals you get a different story.

In that case, Texas, Florida and CA don't even make the top ten. CA is actually BELOW the national average. The number one state for per capita incidents? Illinois. Followed by TN, SC, AR, DC, MO, DE, LA, NM and MI. 4 blue & 6 red states.

Now, CA, FL & TX account for 55% of all gun incidents overall. What do those states have in common? Well they are ports/border states. They have high populations. They have a high volume of smuggling traffic and a high volume of illegal narcotics traffic.

I'm willing to bet if we decriminalized drug addiction and started treating as a public health problem instead, you would kill these markets, reduce the illegal trade and subsequently put a huge dent in overall gun deaths.

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