The Washington Post’s Wonkblog crunched numbers and came up with a county-by-county look at the relative availability of gun dealers vs. museums and libraries. Yes, a gun-lover could also be a museum and book lover, but ….
Museums and libraries outnumber gun stores in only 13 states, led by Massachusetts.
In the 37 states where gun shops outnumber sources of knowledge, Arkansas ranks No. 2 among those with the ratio most favorable to gun dealers, trailing only Montana. The pro-gun ratio is better than 2-1.
It would appear the trend holds on the local level.
The strongest concentration of gun-heavy counties is in Missouri, where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries in all but six of the state’s 114 counties. Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas all stand out for their concentration of gun stores, as does Oklahoma.
I’ve included a screen shot of the county-by-county map, but if you take a trip to the weblink you’ll see that it is interactive. You can find the outliers in Arkansas where books and museums are more available than gun dealers — Newton, Phillips, Prairie and Poinsett counties to name a few.
PS — Several readers note, correctly, that a licensed gun dealer is not necessarily a retail gun shop. Sure.. That’s clear in the map detail posted above. But to the extent there’s anything to be made of this — and I”m not making much — that distinction applies similarly in every jurisdiction. Thus, the bottom line: There are more outlets for guns in Arkansas than libraries or museums. And more here than any state as a percentage except Montana. Ergo: We’re safer, right?