As it turns out, the same three things that matter in real estate also matter in homicide: Location, location, location.
According to the accepted legacy media narrative, since America is awash in guns, it’s thus a violent, Mad Max hellscape of mass murder and carnage. It’s a wonder that any of us are still alive! 321,400,000 enter, 1 leaves! But like most of the ripping yarns the MSM tells, this one isn’t true either.
Murder in the US is not a national phenomenon; i.e a map of murder scenes across the US wouldn’t be an even distribution of black dots all across the fruited plain. It’s not even regional. It’s highly localized, in fact. As John Lott points out, “The vast majority of murders in the United States occur in just a tiny percentage of counties. In fact, the country can be divided up into three types of places: those where there are no murders; those where there are a few murders; and those where murders are very common.” Those little black dots on the map are mostly confined to a few, small areas. Remove crimes from these areas and the US murder rate starts to look a lot different. It starts to look more like the rates in the European countries that the Left holds up as examples of gun control that we should emulate.
Let’s look at the largest State in the Union. There were 1697 homicides in the California in 2014. During that year, there were counties with no homicides. Then there’s Los Angeles County. There were 526 murders that year making it the worst county in the nation. But, as John Lott points out, murders in L.A. County are not evenly distributed across the county. There are clearly defined hot spots.
There are huge parts of the county there were zero murders. The vast majority are concentrated in a few neighborhoods; East L.A. and South Central.
Now I’m sure that there are a few pinheads out there who will look at this map and try to make this about race. It’s arguably about culture, but not race. This is a map of L.A.’s poorest neighborhoods. This map also shows us where there’s the most gang activity and the most illegal narcotics. It’s only about race to the extent that certain politicians try to make it about race; those who preach bitterness, class envy, and hatred to the residents of these neighborhoods to get themselves re-elected year after year after year. (One in particular has represented South Central since 1977. Nothing much has changed there in those 40 years. Perhaps that’s why she lives 10 miles away in Hancock Park!)
Now getting back to murder rates nationally, there are also those pinheads who will try to make this about legal gun ownership. But the facts get in the way of that simplistic analysis. The urban areas where US murders are concentrated are also the areas with the lowest rates of legal gun ownership. The boring, rural counties with no homicides are the areas with the highest rates of legal gun ownership! In other words, the US counties which produce the most YouTube videos of heavily armed rednecks blowing stuff up with Tannerite are also the counties with the fewest homicides.