I know I’m still new here. I know Texas isn’t just a state but a lifestyle of sorts. I know barbecue and guns and this god awful heat are all things I need to embrace. And I’m game. But holy hell, Texans kill more people with their bare hands than anywhere else in the country?
From Time’s Nate Rawlings:
Texas has a well-earned reputation as a gun friendly state with more firearms dealers–8,500 according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–than any other state. But firearms only accounted for 65 percent of homicides for which additional data is available in Texas in 2012. That’s below other states like Illinois (86 percent), Michigan (76 percent) and California (69 percent). What gives? Maybe it’s what we like to call the Chuck Norris Effect: Texas leads the country in the number of people (101) killed by “hands, fists and feet.” California–which clocked some 700 more homicides than Texas–was second in that category with 87.
Well that’s just lovely.