So I stumbled across this from Kiro TV in Seattle today.
That is the distribution of CPL licenses by zip code. The deeper the red, the more self reliant the community. What I found interesting is major urban area’s had a much lower rate, with Seattle having a rate as low as 1%. What is most telling about that though is that when you get into the rural areas there is a realization you cannot depend on the police. I’m not making that up either:
Next I’d like to see a map that overlays property and violent crime rates by zip code. Correlation doesn’t equal causation, but I think it would still be an interesting thing to see. Doubly so since I’m sure it would counter the “more guns equals more crime” myth as well as the “concealed carry means blood in the streets” myth.
I’m reasonably sure this would be the case because:
I lived in Seattle for 2 years in the U-District and there wasn’t really a day that went by that I didn’t hear about either violent crime or property crime. There is an anomaly in that theory as Kent, which is not exactly the nicest part of the area, has a carry rate equal to where I live. Even worse is Tacoma, which high urban area also has a much higher carry rate than the state average.
So when you pull all that in, it’s like the gun is merely a tool and what really matters are the people carrying it and what their intent is.