A new study reveals that two-thirds of all of the murders in the United States are concentrated in only 5% of its counties. These “murder zones” are largely governed by Democratic politicians, which should come as no surprise to conservatives.
The study was conducted by the Crime Research Center, a group whose board of directors includes Sheriff David Clarke, musician and outdoorsman Ted Nugent, and author Brad Thor. It gathered data on where the nation’s murders occurred, and found 68% were limited to very specific counties. As it turned out, the most violent counties tended to be controlled by Democratic politicians.
In addition, the study found that counties with the highest rate of gun ownership had the lowest rate of murder. Imagine that.
The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) said in a new report that there is a “geographical concentration” of murders, with 68 percent of killings occurring in just 5 percent of the nation’s counties. The homicides also tend to be concentrated to relatively small pockets of those counties, the report said.
“It is stunning how concentrated murders are in the U.S.,” John Lott, president of the CPRC said to Fox News. “And we show that even within these counties, with all these high rates, murders are very concentrated.”
“These high [rate] counties have very large areas where there are no murders.”
In 2014, the U.S. murder rate was 4.4 per 100,000 people, according to the data of the report. If the deadliest 5 percent of the counties were removed, the U.S. murder rate would be 2.56 per 100,000 people, the report showed.
More than half of last year’s murders occurred in only 2 percent of the nation’s counties.
Looking at the historical data, the CPRC said that murders were even more geographically concentrated in decades past. On average, 73 percent of counties in any given year had zero murders from 1977 to 2000.
Take for example Los Angeles County, which had 526 murders in 2014 — the most of any other county in the U.S. But parts of L.A. County, including Beverly Hills, Hawthorne and Van Nuys, had virtually no murders that year.
Indianapolis, Indiana had 135 murders but only four occurred outside of the 465 highway loop that encircles the downtown area.
Washington, D.C. has large swaths without a single recorded murder. The study found that murders were overwhelmingly limited to the eastern half of Washington, D.C.
Blame it on Democrats
However, it should be noted that the three areas singled out in the report – Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. – have all been under Democratic politician rule for years.