How bad is coronavirus, really? The answer to that question depends on which state you live in and how tyrannical your state’s Governor has gotten in terms of shutting down the local economy. Frighteningly enough, you can correlate the severity of outbreaks with the intensity of gun control laws.
Even scarier, it’s not a random coincidence. We’re not saying that gun control directly caused COVID deaths, but when you understand the relationship, it’s clear why the disparity exists.
The Worst States for Coronavirus
Let’s simplify this as much as possible in order to understand the problem. When it comes to coronavirus, there are two states that have clearly fared much, much worse than the rest. Those are New York and New Jersey. In both cases, it’s primarily because the New York City metro area has had the worst-case outbreak by every metric.
Aside from those two states, the worst places for coronavirus are Massachusetts and Connecticut. Depending on which metrics you look at, Louisiana, Michigan and D.C. could be included as the worst outbreaks. Louisiana has a higher than average per capita death rate, but the overall scale of the infection is much lower than the other areas listed. Michigan would come in as the sixth-worst outbreak no matter how you cut it.
Every other state in the union is clearly beating all of these states and regions in raw terms of dealing with the virus. Let’s keep that in mind.
The Worst States for Gun Control
The worst states for gun control are not really in question. California, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts are by far the worst. Chicago is also bad for gun control, but the whole state of Illinois doesn’t quite make it to the worst of the worst.
Now, how many of those states have the worst coronavirus outbreaks? California is the golden exception. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts are the worst outbreaks, and D.C. is very close. Maybe it’s fair to throw D.C. in with Maryland; maybe it isn’t. You can decide that. What we can see is that there’s a very, very strong correlation between draconian gun control laws and exceedingly bad coronavirus numbers. Does it mean anything?
Unraveling the Connection
You’ll have to decide for yourself if you buy the central argument, but here’s the thesis: the states with the most gun control have the worst governments. Those bad governments have directly contributed to death rates and the severity of outbreaks.
Let’s try to explain why that might be the case. To put it as simply as possible, the states with the most gun control fear their citizens the least. In Florida, the idea of a lockdown was almost impossible because the state is heavily armed and Floridians made it clear that they have little tolerance for government overreach. Texas was a similar story. In Wyoming, they never truly locked down at all.
Meanwhile, these overly regulated states weren’t just instituting lockdowns. The governor of New York and the leadership in NYC made a crucial decision that killed a lot of Americans. They refused to allow hospitals to segregate COVID patients by hospital. You see, in a city with as many people and hospitals as New York, the conventional wisdom is to designate some hospitals as COVID hospitals and designate others as non-COVID. This makes it much, much easier to protect vulnerable patients from catching the disease.
When New York City refused to do that, the disease swept through every ICU in the city and wiped out just about every critical patient in a hospital. You saw a similar decision in Boston and Connecticut. Horrific decisions, made by politicians, directly contributed to the death toll. California happened to get lucky and didn’t have the same order filtered through their cities.
Even in America, authoritarian politicians are killing people. Liberal states are seeing the most death because the politicians have authority instead of accountability. It’s that simple, and it’s deadly serious.