Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dueling Statistics

Couple of interesting maps I came across today:

The first comes from the Guardian and shows a state by state breakdown of firearm homicides.

The second comes from information provided by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and ranks states by the numbers of gun control laws they have on the books.

So...what's up California?

Obviously, it's foolish to assume that a correlation between the number of gun control laws on the books and the prevalence of gun violence necessarily implies a causation. Clearly, a larger state like California is always going to have more homicides than a smaller state like Montana.

That said, if you adjust the first map to show firearm murders as a percentage of overall murders, you get some rather interesting groupings: California continues to have as high or higher numbers than many states that have lax laws and small populations regardless of the number of laws California has on the books.

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