Friday, October 5, 2012

Map That Represents Deaths by Firearms across the United States.

This particular map of the United States highlights the areas in which firearm deaths are most frequent. 

It is not surprising to see that the the state with the most amount of recorded deaths via firearm is Louisiana; there are numerous reasons that could explain why it has the highest percentage across the states. For example, southern states are stereotypically associated with guns and therefore it could be suggested that this is one of the reasons that this particular state has the worst percentage within the states. Furthermore southern states like Mississippi and Alabama also have a high death rate of 15,000 plus per 100,000. Another reason could be the geographical location of Louisiana and it being a boarder state with Mexico, where  continuous illegal immigration to the States occur. This particular argument could also be supported when looking at other boarder such as Arizona who also have a high death rate. 
This map, I believe, highlights perfectly the severe issue that America has with guns and gun control, however due to their constitutional right, "The right to bare arms" it is an issue that is incredibly difficult to eradicate. The map demonstrates that not only is there a clearly an overall problem across the states, be it northern or southern. Even cosmopolitan areas such as New York still have recorded deaths. and the New England region. Most surprising is Alaska; a state that has the lowest population density across America still has more recorded deaths per 100,000, than places such as Texas, arguably the most 'redneck' state. 

The FBI estimates that there are over 200 million privately owned firearms within the US, and 350,000,000 million guns within the United States itself; and perhaps most shockingly over 85 fatal shootings a day, with 90 guns for every 100 Americans. Going by those statistics, it is surprising that this map is not completely covered in dark red. 

It cannot be argued that the United States has a enormous problem with guns and this map and its statistic highlight this. Despite this, the sales and ownership of guns within America is still booming and does not look like it is going to be slowing down any time soon. The right to bare arms is one of America's most protected fundamental rights, of which many of them exploit. With pressure groups such as the NRA campaigning against any legislation towards gun control it is unlikely these figures are going to fall, if anything they will increase. The very fact many states, like Texas, have laws protecting those with guns, for example shooting someone who you feel is threatening you, demonstrates America's relaxed attitude to guns and the clear problem they have. America has a warped fascination with guns and this is unlikely to change any time soon.

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