Monday, February 14, 2011

White Guns on the South Shore

A recent report from the Advance shows that Staten Island has the highest gun ownership per capita compared to the rest of the city.

Not surprisingly, these gun owners live predominantly on the Island's suburban South Shore neighborhoods, where deer are prevalent and crime is low.

Some see a correlation:
"Gun advocates are aware of the irony at work here. They point to the perennial pattern in the borough's crime rate, where statistics show the South Shore's 123rd Precinct is one of the city's quietest. It accounts for only 3 of the borough's 43 shooting murders over the past five years. In contrast, the North Shore's 120th Precinct handily leads the borough in gun violence."
But does gun ownership alone account for low crime rates on the borough's Southern shore?

These overwhelmingly white neighborhoods are safer because they are free of conflict, high on home ownership, and consist mostly of one and two-family dwellings.

According to Census results from 2000, the South Shore is monolithically white - 89.1% white/non-Hispanic. Add in Hispanic and Asian and you have about another 9%. That leaves the figures for black non-Hispanics on the South Shore at 0.9% - that's about 1,300 out of the total 152,000.

Compare these demographics to the North Shore neighborhoods which in contrast stand at only 50% white non-Hispanic and 21% black. In addition, owner-occupied homes stand at only 52% compared with 48% rented.

Income-wise the percentage of families living under the poverty level stands at only 2.5% on the South Shore. The North Shore is at 13% - with some Census tracts earning a medium income as low as $17,019.

There is no magic bullet theory to explain low crime rates on the South Shore. But taking in to account the various statistics relating to demographics and income goes a lot further than simply saying that gun ownership alone alleviates the problem of crime.

Relying on guns to explain the discrepancy in crime rates is dangerously simplistic and myopic. This view leads to the mistaken belief that both ownership and carry permits should be allowed anywhere including bars, churches, and political rallies. It's doesn't work - just ask Arizona.

2 comments:

  1. Thank YOU for SANITY!!! Political correctness is a mental disorder and a cowardly lie... IT is the PEOPLE and not the guns.... LIE after LIE... disgusting. We will NEVER reduce black and brown crime until we have REAL discussions on it in an open forum..

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  2. GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE DO. HERE'S A GREAT IDEA, DISARM ALL THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS SO THE THE CRIMINALS WHO I'M SURE BOUGHT ALL THEIR GUNS LEGALLY CAN ROB RAPE AND KILL THEM. AFTER ALL OUR COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR THE CRIMINAL. COME ON GUYS, DON'T YOU TRUST THE POLICE TO HANDLE IT? I'M SURE THEY WILL BE THERE IN A FEW HOURS AFTER THE CRIMINALS HAVE RAPED YOUR WIFE AND KILLED YOUR CHILDREN. WAKE UP PEOPLE, I HAVE KIDS, AND IF THIS COUNTRY EVER TRIES TO TAKE MY RIGHT TO PROTECT THEM WITH A FIREARM THEN ITS TIME FOR A REVOLUTION.

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