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Why Isn’t There A “CSI: South Carolina”? It’s Got More Murders Per Capita Than New York

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 24, 2013


Reading this story allowed me to run across this one, from 2011:

The map above charts firearm deaths for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Note that these figures include accidental shootings, suicides, even acts of self-defense, as well as crimes. As of 2007, 10.2 out of every 100,000 people were killed by firearms across the United
States, but that rate varies dramatically from state to state. In Hawaii, at the low end, it was 2.6 per 100,000; in New York and New Jersey it was 5.0 and 5.2 respectively. At the high end, 21.7 out of every 100,000 residents of the District of Columbia were killed by guns, 20.2 in Louisiana, 18.5 in Mississippi, and 17.8 in Alaska. Arizona ranked eighth nationally, with 15.1 deaths per 100,000.

With these data in hand, I decided to look at the factors associated with gun deaths at the state level. With the help of my colleague Charlotta Mellander, we charted the statistical correlations between firearm deaths and a variety of psychological, economic, social, and political characteristics of states. As usual, I point out that correlation does not imply causation, but simply points to associations between variables.

The strongest correlator for a high incidence of gun deaths? Having a high incidence of McCain voters. The strongest correlators for a low incidence of gun deaths? High incidences of college graduates and Obama voters.

And yes, this set the right-wing trolls in the comments thread to screeching like vampires caught in the spray from a firehose filled with holy water.

But what about overall murder rates, not just gun deaths? Guess what, the Southern McCain states lead the nation in those, too. So why isn’t there a “CSI: South Carolina”?


3 Responses to “Why Isn’t There A “CSI: South Carolina”? It’s Got More Murders Per Capita Than New York”

  1. Stormcrow said


    That’s a perfectly beautiful plot.

    It ought to go in the “famous graphics” bin; it drives the point home like a hammer.

  2. MarkH said

    It’s almost enough to make me want them to have all the guns they want.

    When you have a tight correlation between gun ownership and gun-related injuries and deaths it’s clear Hollywood and e-games aren’t the key factor.

  3. There are plenty of those shows, but they’re all in the “southern rural comedy” category. Domestic violence is a sad cliche, or a play by Tennessee Williams. There’s thousands of black on black shootings and the random Treyvon Martin tragedy, and hunters shooting their sons and uncles, and plenty of suicides. There’s no CSI SC because there’s no entertainment value, just mean ass stupidity, endless racism, broken glass and weeds in the parking lot.

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