Everyone knows that shootings are caused by drug-crazed, video-game-playing liberals who are from poor urban neighborhoods or neighborhoods that have been wussified by liberal gun control policies. Yet this graph seems to suggest otherwise.
Some big nerd over at The Atlantic took well-known gun death rate statistics for each state, and looked at a broad range of other statistics for each state to see whether there was any statistical correlation.
Something obviously must be wrong with these numbers, because they seem to go exactly against what every common-sense conservative intuition would lead you to believe.
This table shows some of the highlights:
|conservative ideology||liberal statistics|
|shootings are all done by people who are crazy or on drugs||there is no statistical relationship between either mental illness, neurosis, or drug use in a particular state, and the rate of gun deaths in that state|
|having guns in schools makes everyone safer||firearm-related deaths are positively correlated with the rates of high school students that carry weapons on school property (correlation +0.54).|
|immigrants are dangerous and a big source of the problem||states with more immigrants have lower levels of gun-related deaths (correlation -0.34).|
|assault rifle bans and safety regulation have absolutely no effect at all on gun violence because criminals will do whatever they want to.||there are substantial negative correlations between firearm deaths and states that ban assault weapons (-0.45), require trigger locks (-0.42), and mandate safe storage requirements for guns (-0.48).|
|liberal states are more dangerous because those liberals don’t know how to handle themselves and they’re all criminals anyway.||Firearm-related deaths were positively associated with states that voted for McCain in 2004 (+0.66) and negatively associated with states that voted for Obama (-0.66)|
Of course, as if all of this weren’t bad enough, the final result just exposes the liberal bias in these statistics for what they are: Firearm deaths were far less likely to occur in states with more creative class jobs (-0.52).
“Creative class jobs”? Uh huh… we all know what that means….