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Highest States for Teenagers Carrying a Weapon “or” Why are Rural States so Violent?

We need your help. We’re asking readers for their interpretations as to why rural states rank so high in surveys of criminal behavior.

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We’re always looking for new statistics on crime and criminal justice issues; something to bring perspective beyond the usual victim surveys and crimes reported to police.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are some of the most highly respected research organizations in America (if not the world) so we were excited to examine their data as to high-school age individuals and violent or unsafe behavior. This is the third set of data we examined from the CDC.

The problem is that rural states keep ranking high in the surveys and that seems out of place with national crime data; rural states always score much lower on crime than urban and suburban areas.

Cities are also included in the data on weapons and when the Borough of Bronx, NY comes in at 15.2 and Wyoming ranks 40.0 percent for carrying weapons, something’s wrong with either the methodology or rural kids (per the three surveys) are more violent (or fear violence) than their urban counterparts, an observation not supported by the National Crime Survey or the FBI’s data of crimes reported to police.

The current survey addresses teenagers and weapons so “right to carry” states shouldn’t have that much of an effect and we’re talking about a variety of weapons, not just guns.

We contacted the CDC and asked for an explanation but they (after a month) never responded. It’s very easy to misread statistical information but the data just doesn’t make sense.

A comparison comes to mind; when criminal offenders are asked about their drug use during crime the percentages average around 30 percent, see http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/DCFACTS.PDF. But those testing positive for drugs at the time of arrest average 60 to 80 percent, see http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/08/16/the-drug-crime-connection-remains-strong-marijuana-is-the-prominent-drug/.

The difference is partially explained by the amount of time marijuana stays in the bloodstream, but the percentage variance between the two surveys is huge. The lesson is that surveys do not necessarily provide the most accurate findings.

The CDC is not the first to document high rates of criminal involvement in rural areas. We just offered http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/09/15/nevada-vermont-alabama-north-carolina-and-tennessee-rank-highest-for-men-murdering-women/ where rural states have the highest rates for men murdering women and crime literature is filled with examples of rural sates having high rates of domestic violence.

Quite frankly, we’re stumped. Do you have a better explanation  as to why rural states rank so high?

Current Survey: Teenagers Carrying a Weapon

Information released by the Centers for Disease Control-High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates the following:

Nationally, 27.1 percent of males “Carried a Weapon on At Least 1 Day (for example, a gun, knife, or club during the 30 days before the survey)
 

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2009

The five states with the highest percentages include:

Wyoming: 40.0

West Virginia: 37.9

New Mexico: 39.3

Montana: 37.8

Arkansas: 36.1

For information on additional states, see:

Previous post: Five States Have the Highest Rates for Feeling Unsafe at School: Crime in America.Net

August 4, 2010

Information released by the Centers for Disease Control-High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates the following:

Nationally, 5.0 percent of students, “Did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school on at least 1 day” (during the 30 days before the survey).

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2009

The five states with the highest percentages include:

Arkansas: 14.0

Alabama: 9.6

Louisiana: 9.1

Hawaii: 7.9

West Virginia: 7.8

For information on additional states, see: .

Previous Post: Rural States Have Highest Rates for Teenage Rape: Crime in America.Net

August 2, 2010

Information released by the Centers for Disease Control-High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates the following:

Nationally, 10.5 percent of girls and 4.5 percent of boys state that they were “Ever forced to have sexual intercourse.”

The five states with the highest percentages of female students raped include:

1. Arkansas: 18.5

2. Alaska: 17.9

3. West Virginia: 17.8

4. Kentucky: 17.4

5. Missouri: 17.0

For information on additional states, see: .

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  1. It’s biased, big-city liberal thinking to assume that teens carrying guns is wrong, or a risky behavior. In rural areas many teens carry guns to school, not for violent reasons, but because they were hunting before school or are planning to afterwards. “Risky behavior” isn’t the same in the Bronx as it is in Vermont. There’s nothing inherently wrong with anyone carrying guns, regardless of their age.

  2. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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