Thursday, April 27, 2017

2% of Counties Account for 51% of U.S. Murder Rate

The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common. In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders. 69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country. The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders.

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Even within the Counties with the murders, the murders are heavily concentrated within areas of the larger cities within the counties. Cities for the most part with strict gun control, run by Democrats and with heavy minority populations.

Here is a color map from the 2010 census which gives the US ethnic population area break down. It's very telling. My own home state of Louisiana is also considered a high homicide state, but most of those murders are heavily concentrated in the St. Roch neighborhood, Elysian Fields Avenue between Brother Martin High School and I-610 and along Old Gentilly Rd, all in New Orleans. 

With an estimated 350 million guns in the United States, we don't have a gun control problem. What we have is a culture, a moral and a democrat politician problem.