To break up the monotony of the same format week after week, I decided to periodically consolidate some of the most pertinent information about gun laws state by state. The purpose is to have a quick visual that shows how the states stack up against each other and to see if any patterns are emerging. Obviously, the sample size is very small, my method is hardly rigorous, and I am only one non-scientific person doing the summaries. If any reader has a suggestion for a better method or additional graphs they’d like to see, I’d welcome their input.
To see all of the states in the series thus far, click here.
I put together nine bar graphs and scatter graphs. They are:
- Population by State
- Mass Shootings by State
- Gun Deaths Per Capita by State
- Gun Deaths in Real Numbers by State
- Crime Gun Exports Per Capita by State
- Gun Law Ranking by State
- Mass Shootings to Population
- Gun Deaths Per Capita to Gun Law Ranking
- Gun Deaths in Real Number to Gun Law Ranking
The gun law rankings are a quantified version of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s A – F state ranking. A = 5 and F = 1.
To me, the most interesting graphs are the ones attempting to show correlation between mass shootings and population and gun deaths per capita/in real numbers to gun law rankings. For the former, the overall trend seems to be that a higher population equals more mass shootings regardless of gun laws. However, before we can make any sweeping generalizations, we really will need to gather more data.
Likewise, there does seem to be a correlation between density of gun related deaths and low gun law rankings – at least in per capita. In real numbers, the data is much more scattered. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in the future.