U.S. gun deaths by county, 2004–2010

Mark Graves has put together this map based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing the average number of gun deaths per 100,000 county residents from 2004 through 2010. What really struck me is how NYC is among the areas with the lowest rates in the country. Brooklyn (Kings County), for example, has a rate of 4.79 per 100,000 residents over those seven years. I could only find the rate for 2010 for Germany, which was 1.24. Assuming that the above map actually shows the sum for those seven years from 2004 to 2010, as it suggests, Brooklyn would actually have a lower rate than Germany (7 * 1.24 = 8.68, assuming that the rate in Germany was more or less stable over those years). I certainly did not expect that.

Needless to say, the rates in other areas are much worse. And don’t even get me started about any of those nonsense arguments against stricter gun control laws.

View the full screen map here. Kudos to Harvey for pointing me to this.

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