Apr 192017
 
This map shows how all 50 States rank on gun ownership compared to nations around the world.

State To Country Gun Ownership Comparison

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

While it’s under constant debate whether having a passel of pistol-packing people is a help or hindrance to the security of our free State in 2015, there’s still a desire to make sure we’re protected should any need arise.

So, where do we stand in the “right to bear arms” discussion? Well, truth be told, we here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog would rather play with numbers and offer everyone an interesting perspective of the issue.

That said, what, we asked, would it look like if we compared gun ownership in our 50 states with gun ownership in other countries? You can see our answer above, and read about how we arrived at it below.

Methodology: What Triggered Our Conclusions

We started with a research group in Switzerland called Small Arms Survey and its report “Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.” Among other things, it estimated gun-ownership numbers for 178 countries, including the United States (which it estimates has about 270 million guns).

We then took the estimate of 88.8 guns per 100 people for the U.S.—which, seven years later, is likely higher—and used it to calculate each state’s estimated gun ownership, based on state populations from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 survey. (Of course, gun-ownership density varies throughout the country, but this number gave us a easy way to come up with comparable figures for all 50 states, since actual state-to-state numbers were not available.)

Once we had the list of state numbers, we compared each one to Small Arms Survey’s list of countries and respective gun-ownership estimates, logging the nearest match.

Under The Gun: A Quick Peek At The Results

As you’d expect, the United States’ “superpowers” match up with some of the world’s superpowers:

  • California’s total of 33.08 million guns is closest to China’s 40 million
  • Texas’ total of 22.33 million guns is closest to Germany’s 25 million
  • New York’s total of 17.2 million guns is closest to Pakistan’s 18 million

Interestingly enough, the next biggest state, Florida, is closest to Mexico (16.7 million vs. 15.5 million). Given their proximity, let’s hope they don’t meet in a shootout, because it probably won’t end like a proverbial Mexican Standoff.

The number of different countries on our comparison map is 32. (That number could have ended up higher, but we didn’t list multiple countries in the event of they were tied on the Small Arms Survey list.)

The countries with the most appearances on the list:

  • South Africa: 6
  • Spain: 5
  • Uzbekistan: 3
  • Turkey: 3

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State To Country Gun Ownership Comparison

 

Apr 182017
 

A chart that will help you finally understand your dog.

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

You may think you know exactly what your dog is saying by wagging its tail, for example. But were you aware that this can signify a number of feelings – from excited, playful or attentive, to apprehensive and even slightly nervous?

Our visual guide offers an overview of some common dog behaviours and expressions, to help you understand what exactly your dog is trying to communicate.

dog-behaviors-explained

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50 Flags Of The United States

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Mar 162017
 

Put your U.S. trivia hat on! Do you know all 50 state mottos by heart? Can you conjure a mental image of what your state’s flag looks like?

From state seals to animal imagery, the 50 flags of the United States are works of art. Check out our infographic below to brush up on some of your state facts.

50 Flags Of The United States

 

Foods Dogs Can And Cannot Eat

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Mar 142017
 

Some pet owners seem to know little to nothing about which foods their dog can eat and which ones will make their pup feel ill, so they feed them random foods without a second thought.

And unless their dog becomes so ill they need to go to the vet they don’t make the connection between these random foods and the fact that their dog always has an upset stomach.

So if you want to know what your dog can and cannot eat and avoid giving them a gut ache then this “Can My Dog Eat That?” infographic put together by Here Pup! is a perfect primer.

Foods Dogs Can And Cannot Eat

 
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The Media And The Illusion Of Choice

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Mar 132017
 

Remember when Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which let 6 corporations control 90% of all media and the information you hear?

This infographic created by Jason at Frugal Dad shows that almost all media comes from the same six sources.

That’s consolidated from 50 companies back in 1983.

NOTE: This infographic is from 2001 and is missing some key transactions. GE does not own NBC (or Comcast or any media) anymore. So that 6th company is now Comcast. And Time Warner doesn’t own AOL, so Huffington Post isn’t affiliated with them.

But the fact that a few companies own everything demonstrates “The Illusion Of Choice”, Frugal Dad says. While some big sites, like Digg and Reddit aren’t owned by any of the corporations, Time Warner owns news sites read by millions of Americans every year.

The Illusion Of Choice

 

The End Is Near: Doomsday, Would You Survive?

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Feb 172017
 

Although it is highly unlikely for a zombie epidemic to occur, it is likely for floods, strong winds, or hurricanes to wipe out your power for weeks at a time. This infographic provides handy tips and facts on how to survive natural disasters. It states that less than 55% of Americans have less than a three-day supply of food stocked in their homes. Three days worth of non-perishable food is what FEMA recommends everyone have prepared for emergency situations. Before food, however, having a sufficient amount of water is the top priority in any natural disaster or post-apocalyptic catastrophe. Like the infographic, FEMA also recommends face masks to filter contaminated air and a basic emergency supply kit filled with road flares, waterproof matches, flashlight, batteries, and more. And like the infographic shows, it may be helpful to surround yourself with others who have valuable professional experience, like doctors or farmers.

By the time the public is hit by a natural disaster or learns about an epidemic, chaos soon follows. By then, it is too late to make preparations. So, be sure to stock up and be prepared for any situation that may occur.

The End Is Near: Doomsday, Would You Survive?

 
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The True Cost Of Military Equipment Spending

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Jan 242017
 

This infographic takes a look at the amount of tax payer money that goes into funding specific military equipment ranging from the ‘small’ items to the truly gargantuan in price. The graphic then compare these prices to things that the average American can relate to such as median income, cost of a college education, health insurance, or the price of buying a home. The goal of doing this is to show the viewer how their tax money is being used compared to various other things it could be used to achieve.

The True Cost Of Military Equipment Spending

While we believe that there is a need to maintain US military supremacy, we also feel that the spending that goes on by the Department of Defense is often unjustified and is rather a consequence of the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about.
 
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