Like Rats Feeling a Sinking Ship

Like California, New York has been gouging the people living within its borders for more and more tax money and like the people of California the people of New York are fleeing the state:

New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million residents leaving over that period, according to the Tax Foundation.

Over that decade the state gained 2.1 million, so net migration amounted to 1.3 million, representing a loss of $45.6 billion in income.

Where are they escaping to? The Tax Foundation found that more than 600,000 New York residents moved to Florida over the decade – opting perhaps for the Sunshine State’s more lenient tax system – taking nearly $20 billion in adjusted growth income with them.

Once again we return to the fact that demanding more from the wealthy accomplishes nothing because they are also the individuals most able to flee. Some of the wealthiest individuals have been abandoning the United States because of the oppressive tax system, which is why the state is now pushing for a Nazi-esque tax for those leaving the country (and before somebody claims Godwin’s Law note that said law doesn’t apply when one is making an accurate historical reference).

As our cracking economy beings to come apart entirely we can look forward to more individual states increasing tax rates and implementing taxes for leaving. No country can tax its way to prosperity because those being taxes will eventually get sick enough of having their wealth stolen and either leave, abandon all productive endeavors (often referred to as going Galt), or do business exclusively in the “unofficial” economy (often called the black market by racist propagandists (that was hyperbole, clam down) who believe such a label makes it sound sinister). Either way money is kept from the state, which causes the state to lash out more violently as it dies a slow death.

This is What Winning Looks Like

Andrew Rothman, Vice President of the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (MNGOCRA) was good enough to e-mail me a few days ago to alert me that Minnesota would soon be exceeding 100,000 carry permit holders. Along with this notification Andrew also sent me the breakdown of permit holder statistics by age range:

21-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99 Total Percentage
Total Male 11,618 14,984 16,906 19.996 16,068 5,680 784 34 86,070 86.8%
Total Females 1,830 2,350 3,098 3,509 1,939 391 28 1 13,146 13.2%
Percentage Male 86.4% 86.4% 84.5% 85.1% 89.3% 93.6% 96.6% 97.1%
Percentage Female 13.6% 13.6% 15.5% 14.9% 10.8% 6.4% 3.4% 2.9%
Percentage Age 13.9% 17.5% 20.2% 23.7% 18.1% 6.1% 0.8% 0.04%

Raw numbers are boring though so let’s display some charts. What’s that you’re asking? I actually went out of my want to make charts? Heck no, these were also provided by Andrew who is obviously a far more productive man than I am. First we have the overall breakdown of permit holders by age range:

Not surprisingly the majority of permit holders are male although I’m sure a bunch of gun control advocates are going to point to this and claim it’s part of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) secret conspiracy to war on women or something. In reality woman just aren’t as apt to enter the shooting sports or obtain carry permits although that is changing as woman become the fastest growing segment in the firearms market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the male to female ratio change over the next several years. The next chart Andrew was good enough to send me was a breakdown of permit holders by age range:

The two largest age ranges are 50-59 and 40-49 although the age ranges between 21-29 and 60-69 are fairly evenly broken down overall. What I believe is the most interesting chart is the one that breaks down permit holders by county:

By far the highest percent of permit holder density per country population is in the more rural areas. This makes sense since firearm ownership and thus awareness is more common in rural areas than urban areas. In Minnesota people living in rural areas are more likely to be introduced to firearms than people living in urban areas. Because of this people in rural areas are generally more comfortable around firearms while those raised in urban areas have often had the misguided claim that firearms are bad crammed down their throats. As the firearm market grows I’m betting the density map will being changing as the number of gun owners in urban areas increases.

The final chart Andrew sent to me shows the percentage of females by age range:

It appears the percentage of female permit holders is pretty much in line with the percentage of permit holders by age range. Once again I’m guessing this chart will change as the number of female gun owners increase. In fact I would bet the percentage of female gun owners in the age ranges of 21-29 and 30-39 will increase are a faster rate than the other age ranges.

No matter how you look at the data one thing is clear, the number of permit holders in Minnesota is increasing. As much as it dismays the gun control zealots people are no longer listening to their malarkey claims. Gun sales are up, permit holders are up, and the influence of the gun control advocates is waning.