- Racist white rednecks in the sticks want guns because they have racist fears of urban blacks;
- So, we must disarm everybody to stop rednecks from killing so many
Deconstructed, this bizarre theory actually makes a fair amount of sense:
- Liberal whites in the cities want gun control because they have realist fears of urban blacks;
- So, we must disarm everybody to stop blacks from killing so many.
But, white people don't like talking about black people, they like talking about how much they hate other white people.
They especially like coming up with theories about other kinds of white people. For example, the state with the highest homicide rate is usually Louisiana. Just think what savage redneck monsters white people in Louisiana must be. Didn't you watch Deliverance or read Albion's Seed?
(Of course, the murder rate in Louisiana is only about half of that in Washington D.C.. Has anybody checked out what Ezra Klein, Chris Matthews, Cokie Roberts are up to?)
They really don't like it when I point out that state-by-state differences in murders are dominated by the percent black.
Anyway, I read a lot of theories about differences in white homicide rates between the states, but does anybody have any good numbers?
The Bureau of Justice Statistics will tell you the homicide rates for the whole country for blacks and "whites" (whites plus Hispanics), but I can't find rates by states.
It's not hard to find homicide rates per state overall, but not by race.
Here's an unsourced table on what percent of homicide victims are by race by state, which might be a piece of the puzzle.
Finally, it would be best to have a decade or so of data since murder rates in small states jump around semi-randomly.