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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-04-06 09:31 AM
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33. or hey, how about my house?
D.C. has an almost total ban on handguns, and no one is allowed to possess a functional rifle or shotgun even inside their own home. Yet it has one of the highest homicide rates in America ...

I have a total ban on handguns in my house. And yet, and yet ... if someone who lives in my house gets a handgun from a guy across the canal and brings it into my house and shoots me ... well isn't it amazing how dead I'll be.

... despite having the lowest rate of lawful gun ownership AND one of the highest per-capita incomes, as I recall.

Yes. Perhaps you'll also recall the meaninglessness of averages in situations where distribution is wildly uneven. You might want to consider the median incomes, and the incomes of different groups within the population, and try comparing them to both the US nation-wide and any other particular places you might think of.

Especially given as how we all know that income inequality appears to be a predictor of homicide rates, e.g.: the greater the disparity in incomes, the higher the homicide rate.

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