In the uncertain times following this election, one thing is for sure. Things will change over the next few years with a Republican president bent on change and a congress likely to cooperate with him.
Using GIS data is not just about showing the way things are, but from the demographic information we gathered during the election combined with other data, we can make some predictions of what might come next with regard to some of the campaign promises Donald Trump made during his campaign and things he has said since.
The Second Amendment and Gun Laws
Many conservatives feel that gun laws should be regional or determined state by state instead of federally. Many pro-Second Amendment supporters have now been elected. What states have the strictest gun laws, and what is likely to change about that over the next few years?
Map Courtesy: Business Insider
The map above shows the states where a citizen is most likely to own a gun. The map below shows the deaths by firearms adjusted for population. Gun ownership and risk of death by firearm do not exactly overlap, but clearly there is a correlation between the two.
Still the debate over gun control and its effectiveness is far from over. Data varies, however with a Republican president and congress, Federal laws are likely to relax or change very little. Many conservatives and others will argue gun laws are better handled by the states anyway, since the reasons for owning a gun and the cause of deaths by firearms varies greatly by region and even city.
Map Courtesy Business Insider