Saturday, July 18, 2015

WIUP FM Podcast on Single Payer Heathcare (Cross Post with HC4AllPA)

In early 2014 I participated in a radio discussion on the need for comprehensive single payer healthcare reform on WIUP FM radio in Indiana, PA.  Eric Barker of the Center for Community Growth in Indiana, PA hosted the program.  I was on a panel with fellow Health Care for All PA Will Ferrell (not the actor) and IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, my Alma Mater) Grad Student Cybil Moore.  The discussion lasts for 33 min.  

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Guns and Hate Groups

Much has been made of Dylann Roof purchasing a gun due to a failed FBI background check before his massacre of 9 African Americans in Charleston, SC.  Mother Jones reported on a study of gun deaths and gun ownership in each state in 2013 by Kalesan et al. in the journal Injury Prevention.

Having looked at the concentration of hate groups in each state (adjusted for the state's population),  I thought I would take a look at how gun ownership relates to the concentration of hate groups in the US.  I was unable to access Kalesan's data but I was able to access data on gun deaths which they showed is correlated with gun ownership.


I was able to access data on gun death rates in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia (DC) in 2013 and I did correlate that data with the rates of hate groups tracked by the Southern Poverty law center.  The correlation coefficient for gun death rates and the concentration of hate groups is 0.52.  DC is an extreme value for both gun deaths and hate groups.  Rerunning the correlation without DC the value becomes 0.47.  A correlation of +1 would produce  a chart where all of the states form a perfect straight line sloping upward.
Plot of State Hate Group rates vs.Gun Death Rates
The chart at the bottom is on that I created in the stat package R (which I am learning).  The point in the upper right hand corner is DC.  It graphically demonstrates the relationship between the concentration of hate groups and the murder rate.  This means that in states with a higher number of hate groups per million, a higher hate of gun deaths is seen.  A cause and effect relationship between these two phenomenon is harder to establish. 

STATE
RATE Gun Deaths
pop2012
Hate groups
Hate Groups per million
AL
17.6
4822023
22
4.56
AK
19.8
731449
1
1.37
AZ
14.1
6553255
20
3.05
AR
16.8
2949131
24
8.14
CA
7.7
38041430
77
2.02
CO
11.5
5187582
17
3.28
CT
4.4
3590347
5
1.39
DE
10.3
917092
4
4.36
DC
22
632323
15
23.72
FL
11.9
19317568
58
3
GA
12.6
9919945
50
5.04
HI
2.6
1392313
0
0
ID
14.1
1595728
9
5.64
IL
8.6
12875255
23
1.79
IN
13
6537334
26
3.98
IA
8
3074186
5
1.63
KS
11.4
2885905
5
1.73
KY
13.7
4380415
15
3.42
LA
19.3
4601893
20
4.35
ME
10.9
1329192
2
1.5
MD
9.7
5884563
15
2.55
MA
3.1
6646144
12
1.81
MI
12
9883360
18
1.82
MN
7.6
5379139
8
1.49
MS
17.8
2984926
22
7.37
MO
14.4
6021988
23
3.82
MT
16.7
1005141
8
7.96
NE
9
1855525
9
4.85
NV
13.8
2758931
8
2.9
NH
6.4
1320718
7
5.3
NJ
5.7
8864590
44
4.96
NM
15.5
2085538
6
2.88
NY
4.2
19570261
42
2.15
NC
12.1
9752073
33
3.38
ND
11.8
699628
1
1.43
OH
11
11544225
31
2.69
OK
16.5
3814820
17
4.46
OR
11
3899353
9
2.31
PA
11.2
12763536
41
3.21
RI
5.3
1050292
3
2.86
SC
15.2
4723723
20
4.23
SD
10
833354
3
3.6
TN
15.4
6456243
37
5.73
TX
10.6
26059203
57
2.19
UT
12.6
2855287
6
2.1
VT
9.2
626011
4
6.39
VA
10.2
8185867
26
3.18
WA
8.7
6897012
10
1.45
WV
14.3
1855413
10
5.39
WI
9.7
5726398
10
1.75
WY
16.7
576412
2
3.47
 


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