Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"There Are Roughly Six Times More Gun Dealers Than Starbucks Stores in America”

"There Are Roughly Six Times More Gun Dealers 
Than Starbucks Stores in America”
by Catey Hill

"It may seem that there’s a Starbucks on every corner in your town, but a gun dealer is actually more likely. As of the end of 2015, there were roughly 12,000 Starbucks locations in America. Meanwhile, there were more than 55,000 firearm dealers and 8,000 pawnbrokers selling firearms, according to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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Data analysis and visualization site Flowing Data created a fascinating chart to illustrate the prevalence of gun dealers in America compared with Starbucks locations, which we’re sharing with you here. (You can see more comparisons — like gun dealers vs. burger and pizza chains — on their site.) Of course, despite the high number of gun dealers, it’s still easier to buy a Frappuccino than a gun. Under federal law, you have to be 18 to buy a rifle or a shotgun and 21 to buy other types of guns. And when you buy from a licensed dealer, you have to undergo a background check.”

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