When those laws were passed there was also a massive push in education and awareness. When people finally realized that seat belts really saved a lot of lives, the paradigm shifted and use went up. Do YOU personally buckle because it is prudent or the law? If there was no law would you be like, ugh, finally! I don’t have to wear this stupid thing!
I am not ignoring anything. I was replying to the statement that poor blacks should be included in the safety conversation, which they should. Thus I was talking about safety to prevent accidents. Safety training doesn’t stop murder or suicides.
Certainly access and number of owners is a factor, especially when it comes to suicides and accidents. The more cars on the road, the more accidents. The more gun owners the more gun accidents. The more gun owners the more likelihood if one becomes suicidal they will have a gun around. That is all commons sense.
The problem with your chart is there is a LOT going on here with no analysis and break down. Let’s look at the outlier there, Wyoming. Hoo boy - looks like the wild west with the gun death rate. I bet you better keep your head down driving through there.
But wait, let’s look up the numbers. Oh - in 2010 they had 8 murders in Wyoming, 5 of them with guns. So a state where 60%+ people own guns, only managed to murder 5 people with them. That is .9 per 100,000 people, way below average.
2015 saw 129 suicides for a rate of 21.36 per 100,000 people - that is a bit more than Japan. I can’t tell how many of those were via firearm, but let’s just assume all most of them, as that would line up with MJ’s Chart. I am sure there are accidents in there too, but I can’t easily find it and get back to work.
So anyway, point is, one needs to analyze data. Yes ownership plays a factor, especially with suicides and accidents. CRIME is a more complex. CA is low on their, but their gun murders is 3.4. I don’t see DC on the chart but wiki says only 3.6% ownership , but it has an insane 16.5 rate and very strict gun laws.