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Lucas Hoge
Photo Credit: Jen Wood

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N
Research Shows Murders are
Heavily Concentrated in Small
Fraction of Counties

A

report from the Crime
Prevention Research Center
(CPRC) revealed just how
concentrated murders are in the U.S.
Citing county-level data from 2014,
researchers determined that a small
fraction of all counties are responsible
for a majority of the murders in the U.S.
According to the report, 2 percent
of all of the counties in the country
account for 51 percent of the nation's
murders. And the top 5 percent of
counties account for 68 percent of
all murders. Further, 69 percent of all
counties experienced one murder or
less in 2014.
It is correct to expect counties with
large population centers will account for
more murders. However, as the report
details, the most dangerous counties
account for an outsized proportion of
murders given their populations. The

report noted, "The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and
37% of the murders. The worst 5% of
counties contain 47% of the population
and account for 68% of murders."
CPRC also pointed out that murders
are often highly concentrated within
a given county. Citing Los Angeles
County, which experienced 526 murders
in 2014, CPRC showed that there were
wide swaths of the county with virtually
no murders.
Given that criminal violence is highly
concentrated, efforts to tackle this
discrete problem with ham-handed
restrictions on the conduct of the public at large are inappropriate. Rather
than further burden the law-abiding
citizens, federal, state and local officials
should target known areas of violence
with vigorous enforcement of existing
state and federal law.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
John "Jack" Quigley, Littleton, CO (from: Marty Neilson); Lloyd L. Leibold, Laureldale, PA (from: John Minchhoff);
Craig A. Getty, Parma, OH (from: David R. Kareha); Robert Hughes, New Freedom, PA (from: Members of Seitzland
Rifle Club); George Alves (from: Warren and Vickie Alves); Paul Karakozoff, Cotati, CA (from: Alexander L. Karakozoff).

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following have contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action: April 1, 2017
- April 30, 2017)
45 Committee Inc., Herndon, VA; Ending Spending Inc. Program, Alexandria, VA; Krieghoff International Inc.,
Ottsville, PA; Brian Arrington, San Diego, CA; Turner's Operations Inc., Cucamonga, CA; Ronald J. Ticknor,
Canandaigua, NY; Michael Fogg, Holland, MI; David W. Fuller, Castro Valley, CA; James Galbraith, Piffard, NY;
John A. Hunter, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Bill Clinton, Pacifica, CA; Kent McCue, Wasilla, AK; Philip E. Bender,
Reno, NV; Alan Mossberg, Tierra Verde, FL; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Girardeau, MO; James A. Brown, Abingdon, VA; Bill L. Walker, Frisco, TX; Dennis Kraklau, Brainerd, MN; Eight Point Sportsman Club Inc., Sterling, MA.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

JULY 2017

ebraska native Lucas Hoge is one
of Country music's fastest-rising
stars. He has enjoyed success
with singles such as "If I Only Could,"
which was featured on "Smallville." His
current single is titled "Dirty South," and
he serves as the brand ambassador for
Cabela's. He recently sat down with NRA
Country's Vanessa Shahidi to talk about
his love of the outdoors.
VS: What is your personal favorite
firearm?
LH: It's an old break-action Savage 12-ga.
that my grandfather gave me right before
he passed away. It's not even in functioning order right now. ... He died at age
94, and handed it off to me and told me
to fix it up some day. I'm waiting for that
day to come where I fix it up and take it
hunting one day. It hangs by my bedside.
VS: What has been your favorite hunt of
the past year?
LH: I was out elk hunting in southern
Colorado with some dear friends of mine,
and I got this amazing, beautiful bull elk.
We were about an hour south of Pueblo,
the sun was coming up, and everything
was perfect. I got to within seven yards,
and I got him!
VS: What does hunting personally mean
for you?
LH: It goes back to when I was a kid, and
dad was teaching us about respecting the
outdoors and the animals that you are
harvesting. It's about taking advantage
of the time that we spent together when
we would go hunting, what God gave
us to feed us, as well. I love going in the
outdoors as much as possible. It all falls
into exactly how I was raised.
NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond
between the country music community
and hard-working Americans everywhere.
It's powered by pride, freedom, love of
country, respect for the military and the
responsibilities of protecting the great
American life. For more information visit
nracountry.com, follow on Twitter @
NRACountry, and NRA_Country on Instagram
and Pinterest.

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