The Next Time a Gun Nut Says We Need More Guns to Make Us Safer, Just Show Them This

michael-bloomberg-wants-to-ban-guns-in-chipotleWhen it comes to guns and gun violence in America, it’s astonishing how for millions common sense goes right out the window.  Pretty much any credible stat showing global gun violence shows that not only does the United States lead the industrialized world in gun violence (per 100,000 people), but it’s not even close.

Countries similar to us like Canada, Australia and England, which have much stricter regulations on firearms, have a fraction of the gun violence.

Yet despite this indisputable evidence, these gun nuts still honestly believe that even though we have well over 300 million guns in this country – we need more guns.

Often they’ll tout Chicago, and its gun violence, as the “example” of what happens when “liberals pass their strict regulations on guns.”  This, of course, is a ridiculous comparison because one city doesn’t prove anything. The best way to look at gun violence is to take each state and compare the gun violence (per 100,000 people) to really paint a picture as to where gun violence is really a problem.

So, let’s do just that.  Here are the top 10 states with the most gun homicides per 100,000 people:

  1. Louisiana (18.8)
  2. Mississippi (17.9)
  3. Alaska (16.9)
  4. Wyoming (16.7)
  5. Oklahoma (16.6)
  6. Montana (16.3)
  7. Arkansas (16.0)
  8. Alabama (16.0)
  9. New Mexico (14.8)
  10. South Carolina (14.8)

Notice something?  8 out of 10 of those states has a Republican governor (the exceptions being Montana and Arkansas), and all except for New Mexico have a Republican controlled state legislature / general assembly.  Not only that, but since 2000, every state but New Mexico (2008, 2012) voted for the Republican candidate for president.

Needless to say, these aren’t exactly “liberal anti-gun” states.

For the record, the national average for gun homicides per 100,000 is 10.38.  So these states aren’t only above average, they’re well above average.

And just for the “fun” of it, let’s look at the 10 poorest states in the United States:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Alabama
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Tennessee
  8. Louisiana
  9. South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma

Fascinating, isn’t it?  Seven of the ten states that lead the United States in gun homicides also lead it in poverty. For another intriguing look at the big picture, check out CNBC’s rankings for the 10 worst states to live in – you’ll see many of these same states listed on there as well.

It would seem the best way to reduce gun violence would be to fight poverty – not buy more guns.  Because as these stats show, very pro-gun states lead the country in gun violence.

And isn’t it interesting how so many “strongly Republican states” are some of the poorest in the country, while Republicans are also the same party that feverishly pushes gun ownership?

It’s a brilliantly dangerous con.  You support economic policies that keep people poor, undoubtedly resulting in more violence.  That violence then helps create the right environment for people to believe fear mongering gun propaganda, which spikes gun and ammo sales (which is great for the NRA that just happens to heavily back the GOP).  Toss in a little religion to control people socially, pander to racism, and that’s basically the foundation of the Republican party.

Because if guns were the answer, every pro-gun Republican controlled state in the United States would be the safest ones in which to live.  But that’s clearly not the case.

Then again, you’d have to be an absolute fool to think that more guns solves gun violence anyway.  And that’s what gun nuts are – fools.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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