One of our contributors, Marlin gives us a personal observation on the current Gun Control Debate, a comparison between two cities of similar makeup.
A Tale of Two Cities:
City Chicago , IL Houston , TX
Population 2.7 million 2.15 million
Median HH income $38,600 $37,000
% African-American 32.9% 24%
% Hispanic 28.9% 44%
% Asian 5.5% 6%
% non-Hispanic White 31.7% 26%
This is a reasonably similar match up, until you take into account the following:
Concealed carry law No Yes
Number of gun stores 0 84 dedicated shops, 1,500 places to buy.
Homicides, 2012 506 207
Homicides per 100k 18.4 9.6
Average high temp January 31F 63F
Conclusion: cold weather causes homicides.
Here is a related (and somewhat satirical) story.
CHICAGO—The city of Chicago is steadily recovering from an overnight snowstorm that delayed hundreds of murders on Friday morning and will likely continue to push numerous homicides across the city drastically behind schedule, public authorities announced. “As we speak, maintenance crews are working diligently to restore public transportation, de-ice roads, and clear back alleyways so that Chicagoans can quickly resume killing again,” Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesman Dave Michelson said of the heavy blizzard that caused numerous homicide cancellations this morning at peak times. “Unfortunately, we’re backed up by about 35 deadly shootings at the moment, but we hope to restore regular death tolls as soon as possible. We apologize to anyone forced to postpone shootings or other killings today and assure concerned criminals that they will be able to resume slayings by the early afternoon.” At press time, authorities reported that murders were up and running in many parts of the city, with four teenagers already gunned down on Chicago’s South Side.