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"The 2012 United States Peace Index (USPI) has found that the U.S. is more peaceful now than at any other time over the last twenty years."Okay, that's great news! According to its authors, the study "is the only statistical analysis of crime, and the cost of crime, in all 50 states," including the 61 most populous metropolitan areas, and concluded the following:
- Maine is the most peaceful state for the 11th consecutive year; Louisiana is the least peaceful state.
- Wyoming has improved the most while Arizona records the biggest fall.
- The Cambridge metro area is the most peaceful, while Detroit is the least.
- Further improvements in peacefulness would generate hundreds of billions in extra economic activity.
Most and least violent states? Pretty much an easily predicted geographic conclusion.
Violent States Data Source: http://www.visionofhumanity.org/unitedstatespeaceindex/2012/
Gun Deaths Statitics Data Source: https://www.vpc.org/press/1006gundeath.htm
As you may have heard, stand your ground laws enable those who have guns to use them with deadly force if they feel that their life is endangered by another. This is a pretty broad-brush stroke law that has led to a number of deaths that may have possibly been avoided. Click here for a summary of who and what is behind this legislation, which has become law in many states--not just the most violent. Here are 10 reasons to repeal the laws, which enable the person who does the shooting/remains standing at the end of an altercation, to essentially determine the outcome of the case, especially if there are no other witnesses (i.e., your word against the dead guy's that your life was threatened).
With two exceptions--New Hampshire and North Dakota--none of the top ten most peaceful states have stand your ground laws. On the other hand, all of the most violent states have them:
Data Source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/04/18/does-your-state-have-stand-your-ground-law
The most violent states with the majority of gun-related deaths. Got it. So how did they vote in 2008?