Data Viz Done Right

September 29, 2010

Where are guns used in crimes coming from?

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From Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

    "September 27 – A new report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns reveals a strong connection between weak gun laws and interstate gun trafficking. The report, which examines comprehensive crime gun trace data provided by ATF to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, finds that the states with the weakest gun laws are the top suppliers of the guns recovered in out-of-state crimes and are also the source of a greater proportion of likely trafficked guns."

My home state of Georgia isn't making me too proud:
  • Georgia exported 2,781 guns recovered in connection with crimes in other states. That put Georgia atop a list of "exporters" of "crime guns" in 2009.
  • Adjusting for population, Georgia ranked 10th, exporting 28.3 guns per 100,000 inhabitants
  • Of the ten key laws that curb illegal gun trafficking, Georgia only has two in place
  • 27.6% of Georgia's guns are recovered in a crime within two years of original sale — a strong indicator of gun trafficking (5% higher than the national average)
  • Georgia's crime gun export rate is more than double the national average (28.2% per 100,000 inhabitants vs. 14.1% nationally)

There is a fantastic interactive map to explore the data. Click the image below.


View the full report titled "Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking" here.

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