Illegal Gun Article Part II
If you’re reading this, go to the original article for context and sources.
There were a few additional things I decided to add to my analysis, mostly pertaining to the gun-type used and poverty as that relates to mass shootings.
Type of Gun
This is data for mass shootings. One thing about mass shootings is the type of gun used. I decided to look at what is the effect of mass shootings when you allow the sale of a semi-automatic rifle. Well, it appears that a rifle is used the same amount as a pistol in mass shootings, but the result is 33% more people killed. Even more crazy is that the amount of people injured goes up more than 8 times!
Poverty in Mass Shootings
One little caveat I noticed So while poverty did not explain murder or deaths in general. However, when applied to mass shootings, there does seem to be a link.
So at least 16% of the mass shootings seem to be explained by the poverty rate in a state! It’s the old adage about the mice and the less food there is, the more mice there are the likelier they are to kill each other. And if you give them a bigger gun, the more mice they will take out. And then we go and look at how they get those guns, the laws.
One of the things I found in the previous article is that poverty has no impact on crime and gun deaths. However, many people think that it does. This seems to dictate the laws that a state has. In the plot below, there’s a clear divide in gun law rank when the poverty rate is below and above 12% for the state (compensated for the geographic cost of living), with California and Ohio being outliers.
There could be a couple of reasons here. One could be that states with a lot of poor people, people are afraid of the poor and crime and demand looser laws, which means they have more guns, and that increases the number of deaths AND mass shooting incidents. Another could be that states with more poverty have fewer services that lead people to rely less on society and take things into their own hands. The governments in those states in turn make it easier to own guns and this leads to higher death rates.
So my guess is that poverty contributes to the idea that there is a lot of crime and thus there is a need for weapons. But poverty actually contributes to mass shootings and in states with more guns and a higher poverty rate, people are more likely to kill each other in high numbers.