Indianapolis: 114 murders in 2008, call it a raw rate of .00014. Chicago: 508 murders in 2008, .00018. Can you guess which city has the strictest gun laws, by far?
Amusingly, the first linked article claims a Indy has a higher murder rate than Chicago. Umm, no -- but thanks for playing, Laura. Buy you a calculator? (Pride, you will see below, goeth before a fall).
The difference isn't especially significant unless you happen to be among the unlucky dead, but even if it saves only one life, isn't it worth making gun laws in Chicago more like the ones in Indianapolis?
Update: Sincere thanks to the reader who caught me in a foolish decimal-place error. --Maybe I should buy myself another calculator instead of thinking I'd just knock the numbers out quickly on my slide rule.....
Update, updated: No, it turns out that even with good advice, I am too sleepy and too, umm, "residually-celebrated" from New Year's to parse this properly. I have edited to reduce the impact. For do-it-yourselfers, pop. figures are ~795,000 for Indy and 2.8 million for Chicago. 3.5 times the population, 4.4 times as many murders: you get deader in Chicago. Where guns are illegal.
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