Tessablue wrote:Man, imagine what it must be like to hear about these incidents and think "Guns are good and I must defend them. We need more guns."
Yet another one of those shameful legacies my generation has to tear down and rebuild, I guess.
Let me ask you this. If someone approaches you aiming a gun at you, wouldn't you want to be carrying, as well. Sad to say - it wasn't always this way so it's the current generation that is causing the problem. It's now kill or be killed and until the good guys show the bad guys they are not going to get away with their ****, it's not going to change. Illinois has the strongest gun laws in the Union and the most crime. Texas has the most guns and the least crime.
I'm not sure where you got the stats that IL has the most crime and TX has the least. Here's the US News and World Reports list of safest states by violent crimes (and gun crimes are always violent) - https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... lic-safety
. IL is actually rated as safer than TX (30th vs 35th for violent crimes).
Washington Post released a guide last year on gun regulation by state - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... bd452a1fff
. The states with the most restrictions are CT (which happened in response to Newtown), CA, MD, MA, NJ, and NY, plus DC. These are the only states that ban assault weapons, which is what most mass shootings use. An assault weapon is generally defined as "any semi-automatic weapon that includes features or attachments 'that appear useful in military and criminal applications but unnecessary in shooting sports or self-defense.'"
TX actually has more gun regulation laws than you might think - it bans high-risk individuals and those convicted of domestic violence. They have open carry laws that are more permissive than IL's, true, but IL's open carry license really isn't that difficult to get (my husband's family pretty much all live in IL and they're hunters).
So if you take the US News and World Reports list of safest states and superimpose the WaPo data regarding gun laws, here are the top 10 safest states and their gun laws:
1. Vermont - only bans individuals with domestic violence convictions. But we can all agree that VT attracts only peace loving hippies?
2. Maine - bans those with DV convictions and high-risk individuals.
3. Virginia - same as Maine
4. New Hampshire - same as Vermont
5. Idaho - no restrictions. But they have more cattle than people anyway.
6. Connecticut - bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, has universal background checks, and bans those with DV convictions and high-risk individuals.
7. Kentucky - prohibits high-risk individuals only
8. Wyoming - same as Kentucky
9. Utah - same as Maine
10. North Dakota - same as Kentucky
Here are the 10 states with the highest violent crime rate plus their gun laws:
1. Alaska - only bans high-risk individuals
2. Nevada - mandatory background check, plus bans on high-risk individuals and DV convicts
3. New Mexico - same as Alaska
4. Tennessee - bans high-risk individuals and DV convicts
5. Louisiana - bans only DV convicts
6. Arkansas - same as Alaska
7. South Carolina - same as Alaska
8. Delaware - same as Nevada
9. Missouri - same as Alaska
10. Alabama - same as Tennessee
Here is my interpretation of those two lists - more permissive gun laws are correlated to higher violent crime rates, but more restrictive laws are not necessarily correlated with less violent crime. And actually, as I've gone through the WaPo guide, I'm not sure how much I like it because it doesn't address open-carry or any states that may allow guns on school grounds nor does it address loopholes like no need for background check if gun is bought at a gun show (which would explain why NV is so violent despite having a universal background check law - there are a lot of gun shows in NV). If anyone is interested, I can delve deeper into certain states' gun laws - part of my job is legal research, so I have access to a lot of resources.
As for cities, you're probably thinking of Chicago, which is rather notorious in the media for crime. However, it's not the most violent city in the US - according to Forbes, Detroit is, followed by St Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Stockton, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Chicago doesn't make their top 10 list. CBS News did a feature a little while back on the deadliest cities. The top 10 list is as follows:
1. St Louis
3. New Orleans
6. Kansas City
10. Las Vegas (the recent deadly mass shooting there is not included in these stats)