Tuesday, December 19, 2006

South Dakota Leads in Concealed Carry

Argus Leader: South Dakotans No. 1 in permits to conceal guns 7.4 percent of the state's population is licensed to carry concealed weapons.

I wondered how their crime rate compared with other states... so I took a look at the 2005 Uniform Crime Report, and the state by state data on violent crime.

StateViolent Crime Rate
per 100,0000
murder rate per
100,000
South Dakota 175.7 2.3
California 526.3 6.9
New York 445.8 4.5
Massachusetts 456.9 2.7
Wisconsin 241.5 3.5
Illinois * 551 6.0
District of Columbia 1459.0 35.4

I always like to view the the statistics... you know someone will wonder if guns cause crime. Well, if guns cause crime, and concealed weapons contribute to crime in public places why are places like South Dakota so much safer than places like Wisconsin?

And gun-free D.C.... What a disaster! (See also my previous post on D.C. crime.)

* Illinois doesn't like to present data to the FBI for inclusion in the Uniform Crime Report. So it is hard to know if the figures for Illinois are low or high. (And yes I know, D.C. is not a state.) [Hat tip to Say Uncle]

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