My friend David Yamane runs a pro-gun blog called Gun Culture 2.0. In fact, what he really does for a living is teach sociology in North Carolina, and this year gave a course on the sociology of guns which included a trip to a shooting range, along with lectures on just about every facet of the gun world, along with off-line arguments with me.
Make no mistake about it, Yamane’s a pro-gun guy. But he’s also a smart guy, a diligent researcher and someone who’s not afraid of the facts. Which makes him somewhat unique among pro-gun folks, most of whom are about as interested in evidence-based discussions as I’m interested in staying on my diet.
In any case, he’s just published some very interesting data on his website that was inspired by a bit of internet research conducted by his wife. The research consisted of a state-by-state listing of all Google searches performedin 2015, which caught Mrs. Yamane’s attention because one of the most popular search terms listed for their state of North Carolina was “concealed weapons permit.” And it turns out that this term was also one of the most popular search terms in Florida. And then it turns out that if one takes the trouble to read through the popular search terms for all 50 states, the term doesn’t appear anywhere else.
Now wait a minute. Didn’t we just…