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Map: Murders By Rifle

Map: Murders By Rifle

Gun control advocates always clammer for more regulations of modern sporting rifles everytime there is a so-called mass shooting that gets a dispropationate amount of news coverage, because it's good for selling Kia Automobiles and laundry soap. Key to the news media business profits is obessively reporting what gets upper-middle clas suburban housewives to turn on television and watch the advertisements for soap and jalopies.

But the truth is rifles of all types (modern sporting rifles, conventional deer and big game rifles, and .22s) only were used for 374 murders in 2016. There were approximently 323 million Americans so only about 1.2 people were murdered per million by rifles. Indeed, many of the murders were in rural like Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, so one could assume that many were with deer and big game rifles, rather then modern sporting rifles. We don't know for sure, because detailed statistics beyond general classes of firearms aren't avaliable -- and some states don't report complete or accurate statistics.

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

"Last year, we produced a series of stories on American gun deaths and the people behind the statistics. From that reporting, and other sources, we know mass shootings are different from other kinds of gun deaths in several ways.

First, they’re rare, and the people doing the shooting are different. The majority of gun deaths in America aren’t even homicides, let alone caused by mass shootings. Two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides "

Living in a Free and Dangerous Country is Better than Living in a Restricted and “Safe” Country

"Democrats — never ones to let a tragedy go to waste — immediately began pushing the gun control narrative before the bodies were cold. And why not? People just witnessed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. The atmosphere is rife with fear and anxiety, and the need to do something to make us all feel safer is on the lips and at the fingertips of everyone with an outlet."

"The mob is ready to move, or so too many in the business of restriction and regulation hope. They’ll stand on the graves of the slain, wheel out the family members of victims willing to cooperate with their narrative, and talk about how their woke kids are asking poignant questions about today’s society."

"Those who resist the mob in order to keep their freedom will be accused of having the blood of the innocents on their hands. They will make super-villains out of anyone who speaks against the buzzword of “common sense” reforms or gun laws."

"But a large swath of us are not in this mob. We want our freedoms more than we want this “safety.” We cherish free will and liberty over restriction and regulation."

"We do this in full understanding that freedom comes with risks, and no guarantees. Freedom is being able to possess available firearms for self-defense, while also meaning someone else can legitimately, or illegitimately get it for nefarious purposes."

Map: Firearm Ownership In The United States

Map: Firearm Ownership In The United States

Lately there has been a lot of people making dot-density maps up, with one dot representing a person or a series of people. I thought those maps were kind of interesting, so I decided to play with QGIS and see what I could make. I found a website that offered an estimate of what percentage of a state's residents own firearms and multiplied it against population. As I figured it would make too many dots to do one dot per gun owner, I made a map of one dot per 1,000 gun owners in each state -- giving people a relative density of gun ownership in each state.

Data Source: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States_by_state

Gun ownership emerges as a divide, can shape political behavior, study finds

"While this 'gun divide' mimics growing partisan division in the country, it is more than that," said Mark Joslyn, professor of political science and the study's lead author. "Gun ownership may include an identity, a long-standing culture that shares identifiable traits and behaviors. The identity appears to have strengthened in recent years, and opposition to it has grown as well."

Joslyn said typically researchers looked at "what guns do," and therefore, past research has examined the association between crime and violence and the prevalence or availability of guns. However, Joslyn and his co-authors, as part of their recent study published in Social Science Quarterly, examined what guns mean to individuals and how this can shape political behavior.

"In addition, it appears non-gun owners are especially sensitive to recent polarization trends, favoring Democratic candidates in a substantially greater degree than in the past decades," Joslyn said. "So while we believe the electoral choices of gun owners is important, much of the increase in differences between gun and non-gun owners occurred because of the choices of non-gun owners."

Gun owners more likely to be politically active, says Pew Research Center

"In addition to the political implications tied to the issue, the Pew survey also revealed deep cultural divides on guns."

"About half of gun owners said all or most of their friends also own guns, compared to just 1-in-10 non-gun owners who said the same."

"And in the long-running debate over guns and crime levels, more than half of gun owners — 54 percent — said they think more Americans owning guns would reduce crime, while 23 percent of non-gun owners said the same."

"Mr. Gottlieb said gun control advocates are the ones looking to play up such divisions."

“This divide has been created by media and politicians who are hostile to gun ownership who use terms like gun violence epidemic when in fact crimes committed where guns are used is in fact down,” he said."

How Dangerous is Ammunition in a House Fire?

"Darren Stewart, a Fire Specialist with CAL FIRE, explains in the story that without a gun wrapped around it, there’s nothing to contain and direct the pressures created by the propellant in a cartridge igniting, and that the popping noise people hear when ammunition is burning is not the bullet flying away from the casing with any force--regardless of what you may have seen in the movies."