What Really Causes Murder in Chicago?

A Tale of Two Cities

 

    Chicago , IL    Houston , TX
Population   2.7 million    2.15 million
Median HH income   $38,600    $37,000
% African-American   32.9%    24%
% Hispanic   28.9%    44%
% Asian   5.5%    6%
% non-Hispanic White   31.7%    26%
     

A reasonably similar matchup -until:
 

  Chicago, IL  Houston, TX
Concealed carry gun law: No Yes
# of gun stores 0 84 dedicated gun shops and1,500 places to buy guns
(Walmart, etc.)
Homicides, 2012  506  207
Homicides per 100k 18.4 9.6
Average January
high temp, F
 31 63


Conclusion: cold weather causes murder.

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