How on earth is any of this possible? It certainly doesn’t fit the “it’s the guns” narrative. If it were “the guns,” then these hot spots would mostly overlap. There are a few overlaps (sorry Shreveport, sorry Coal Country) but most of the country exhibits the exact opposite behavior than we would expect from the “it’s the guns” hypothesis.
At this point, we’re inclined towards a simple explanation. Poor black folks have a gun homicide problem, while poor white folks have a gun suicide problem.
December 22, 2019
Geographic Evidence that Gun Deaths are Cultural
[Via brother Doug.
There is a lot more interesting information to pull from this article but it doesn’t lend itself to extracting an easy quote.—Joe]