Iowa is also a 2nd Amendment State(no permit needed to carry).
Guns have been banned in Chicago for a long time.
It's not the guns, and it's not geography.
It's about the differing choices, and contrasting moral values.
Those can be changed at will, and with little, to no cost.... if the people want it. Nobody, no government, and no amount of money, can make them want it. they have to choose it themselves, and up to now they have failed to do so.
If I don't have to register to vote (in Maryland), why should I register any guns I may buy?
From USA Today:
From CNN:An estimated 20% of gun owners possess 65% of the nation's guns, according to a Harvard University survey published in 2007.
A separate review by the General Social Survey, part of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, has tracked a slow decline in the portion of Americans who own guns, from 29% in 1980 to about 21% in 2010.[
The surveys offer a differing view of gun ownership from some gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation, which have recently talked of an increase in first-time gun owners and waiting lines at NRA-sponsored firearms safety classes.
Almost 48% of all individual gun owners reported owning four or more firearms, according to the survey. What is not entirely clear, Hemenway said, is what is driving the trend.
Analysis: Fewer U.S. gun owners own more guns
...within its own borders, the U.S. gun owning population is on the decline and those gun owners are stockpiling more firearms.
"Those who own guns, own more guns," said Josh Sugarmann, the executive director and founder of the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based gun control advocacy group. Last year the organization released an analysis of figures from the General Social Survey, which found that both the number of households owning guns and the number of people owning guns were decreasing.
The number of households owning guns has declined from almost 50% in 1973 to just over 32% in 2010, according to a 2011 study produced by The University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. The number of gun owners has gone down almost 10% over the same period, the report found
The concentration comes, in part, because guns are "marketed by and large to people who already own guns," Lizotte said.
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