Or Common Sense Crime Fighting
Shamelessly renamed to take advantage of Linoge’s Post
The Anti Rights Cultists often try to claim the meme of employing ‘common sense’ in their attempts to control everyone’s lives.
They focus solely on limited metrics like “gun death” or “firearm related crime”.
Okay then let’s look at that metric in comparison to the other crime measures and see what happens.
Now I’m stealing back from him.
First a request
I am unlike the anti-rights cultists — If you see a problem or mistake with my data, assumptions or representations; please tell me.
I’ll either correct it or explain why I chose it.
Second the Data
I used information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report and from the Department of Justices Bureau of Justice Statistics to derive this information.
I made certain assumptions in preparing this.
I postulated that each and every firearm crime was committed by a different person.
In the case of forcible rape, the number of crimes committed with a firearm was unreported so I used the numbers for any weapon.
And all but one of the colored squares starts at the upper left hand corner (Motor Vehicle Theft was too close in size to another stat.) The representations overlap the representation underneath it.
Now the representations
Let’s look at the firearm related crime versus all other crime first.
I tried to create a Venn Diagram to display this data
(As with all pictures – click to enlarge)
I used 1 inch of diameter equals 1 million criminal acts. Thus the outer circle of Total Crime would be 10.639 inches in diameter. The “firearm related crime” is only 0.366 inches across.
Most criminals don’t start off violently assaulting, raping or murdering people; so focusing on the all crime might lead some non-violent offenders to reform instead, right?
Isn’t that just common sense?
Here is another representation — this time comparing crime types to an estimated 50 Million firearm owners. I stole this directly from Linoge; each number is represented by a single pixel, the total in the shape of a square. Thus 50,000,000 firearm owners (an admitted low estimate) is represented by square 7071 pixels wide by 7071 pixels long. Unfortunately, I had to resize the images to fit — this is only 1600×1600 but you get the idea.
So, what portion of all that crime is firearm related? I’m glad you asked.
And to make the comparison a little easier to understand I created my first ever animated gif. (please let this work, please)
Click to animate
Common Sense Approach?
Also i it common sense to continue to push for restrictive laws — excuse me inconvenience, so many people when firearm related crime, injury and death is trending down already?
What do you think?
Please join the discussion.
By the way feel free to later use any of these representations if you just give me the credit or blame as appropriate.