Dallas County Has More Gun Stores Than Museums and Libraries (Map)

Categories: Guns


Kolten Parker/San Antonio Express-News via Washington Post

For the last week or so, as America's mayors and well-heeled urbanists descended on our fair burg, we have touted ourselves as the bonafide Florence in Texas, a cultural oasis in a vast desert of philistines.

Well, kind of. Turns out we still like our guns just a bit more than our cultural centers, as the map above demonstrates.

The Washington Post recently crunched the numbers to determine which American counties have more gun retailers than libraries or museums, probably so the paper's owner could envision which small businesses he will decimate next.

The San Antonio Express-News zeroed in on Texas counties and compiled specific gun-to-learning ratio data in the map above. The counties where there are more guns than museums and libraries are red, and the counties with more museums and libraries are blue. Closer ratios are depicted with lighter shades of blue or red, while wider margins are shown with darker blues and reds.

In Dallas County, there are 239 gun retailers and 211 libraries and museums. In Denton County, things look even bleaker for art and book lovers whose arsenals are fully formed: 153 gun retailers and only 38 libraries and museums.

The city of Dallas, of course, is home to one of America's most poorly funded big-city library system, which is why even the few we have are basically never open. But the suburbs obviously factor into the ratio, and Dallas County hardly stands out. Gun stores outnumber museums and libraries in every county that's home to a major Texas city, with the exception of Travis County.


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blagos
blagos

I wonder if they counted the gift shop at the Gun Museum? *lol*

blagos
blagos

I don't get it.  The town I grew up in had one library and no museums (in Massachusetts).  Would it have been a big deal if this town had 2 gun stores (for 25000 people)?  OK, the local Sports Authority sold firearms.  So if there were one more store with guns (was there -- I don't know), it would have meant that there were twice as many gun stores as libraries and museums!!!!!  Oh, no! *sarcasm*

roycew59
roycew59

Yet another lame dumb@$$ DO article..............and this one wasn't even penned by Eric Nicholson.  I'm sure the DO readers in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston were absolutely flabbergasted by this breaking news.  What's next, an earth shattering scoop on the disturbing number of Texans who own more than 5 pairs of cowboy boots and drive a Ford pickup?

abulurdb
abulurdb

"Honey, please don't forget to get me that AR-15 for Billy-Bob's birthday when you come from Walmart, ok?"

coldsteel1983
coldsteel1983

I always like to see a bit of good news about Denton County!

mild2
mild2

Not shocking, sounds like people have some kind of problem with it, but I fail to see an issue. Lets face some facts here, Gun stores are private businesses in business to meet a demand. Museums and libraries are government businesses there by demand of government.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's worth pointing out that this only covers licensed dealers at brick-and-mortar stores.  There are even more private gun dealers who traffic their weapons online and at gun shows or through fake storefronts - like the barber shop behind the car wash at Garland Rd. and Jupiter or the nail salon in the shopping center across the street).


MattL11
MattL11

Given that, in general, your average library or museum can serve a greater number of people than your average gun store, a better indicator might be the number of people who have been to a library or museum in the past 6 months as compared to the number who have purchased a gun during the same period. 

xhidden99
xhidden99

There are more bodegas in New York City than opera houses.

lindseyjohn57
lindseyjohn57

This just in: Dallas has more KFC than Baptist churches.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

Agree with most of what has been said so far, but y'all forgot a big one.


Don't Mess With Texas!

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

The entire premise of the article is flawed.  However, I wonder if they included school libraries in the mix? As they only noted 211 libraries and museums, and the number of schools with libraries in DISD and the surrounding districts exceed that number, I think that those were excluded.  Why not performing arts? 


Perhaps they did at first, but didn't like the answer.

blerwin
blerwin

Probably the most stupid article in the history of THE DALLAS OBSERVER. I'm sure there are more churches than libraries or museums. There are more (fill in the blank). What the heck difference does that make?


jerry_leeper
jerry_leeper

Duh.  This story is is dumb, just dumb.  And I'm on the 'we've got too many guns in this country' side. 


And while Dallas libraries are underfunded, the 'basically never open' about Dallas libraries is just stupid hyperbole. 

c.huxtable85
c.huxtable85

Besides, an FFL =/= a gun store


again, lazy "journalism," if you can even call it that.

c.huxtable85
c.huxtable85

this is a retarded article and it means absolutely nothing. it's probably a common trend in many US cities, actually.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

It isn't difficult to imagine how this got into the Washington Post.  It is a mystery why it is here.  The data doesn't indicate anything significant.  It is difficult to even theorize what correlation was attempting to be made.  "gun store" numbers are driven by, and succeed or fail due to, supply and demand.  Libraries are a result of public spending of taxpayer dollars, which in Dallas County means they are driven by the needs of various contractors and politicians.

Perhaps the biggest indicator of the level of bewilderment the readers have with this piece is that everyone, from far left, to far right and all the stops in between, thinks it is BS.

pak152
pak152

As long as you're going to compare apples to oranges,  how many liquor stores are in the county compared to libraries?

how many cars to the total number of books held by the libraries?

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

1. Since gun stores are funded by revenues that are done by conducting a legal business and most museums and libraries are funded by tax dollars, your really comparing two very different things.

2, I wonder how many of these licensed dealers are the type who operate out of their home and only really operate at gun shows and off of auction web sights (and they are still required to do background checks since they are licensed dealers)?

3. How many of these are Walmarts, Academy Sports, and other retailers who happen to also sell firearms?


Overall, looking at the map, I think this is largely driven by population density. If you want more museums and libraries, start putting your money where your mouth is.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

I suppose you were trying to be cute with the Florence reference ("Italy I presume").  But Florence, Texas is in Williamson County, which is definitively red, which is just the way those folks likeit.


I always got a kick out of the Sheriffs reading guns & ammo when I went to the courthouse.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

The only major city in a Texas that isn't red/pink is Austin...they sure do keep it weird down there.

libtardsheeit
libtardsheeit

Libtard shit propaganda for naive nanny do-gooders.

OxbowIncident
OxbowIncident

You can digitize books and  2D art then pull it up on anywhere on any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Thus, you eliminate or minimize a need for those buildings. You can't digitize a gun.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@bvckvs  Actually, if you look at the data it covers all licenses, not just brick and mortar ones.  Therefore, those who hold an FFL and sell online or at gun shows were included.  Also included were big box stores such as Wal-Mart that sell ammo and FFL3 holders who are collectors of relic firearms (50 years or older by law) who are prohibited from selling firearms to other individuals in retail transactions.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@MattL11  Good point.  It also doesn't consider bookstores, online book purchases or downloads.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@c.huxtable85  Guns and museum/libraries are not mutually exclusive.  I go to all regularly. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@RTGolden1 And give Emily the benefit of the doubt.  Perhaps she meant to hold the stupid study up to ridicule, which it deserves.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Tim.Covington  It also doesn't factor in the amount of square footage devoted to gun sales versus the sq/ft devoted to libraries/museums. 


Also as a person who likes to read, but doesn't like to share, why are book stores not included with the library count?


Like I said before, they probably did include them at first, but didn't like the answer.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I looked at the list the answer is a lot of them are individuals and big box.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Tim.Covington Exactly right.  Take Loving County.  It looks like a hotbed of gun nuts, yet you have zero museums and libraries and one gun store.  What the hell kind of museum are you going to have in the middle of the desert?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@becoolerifyoudid

WilCo makes East Texas counties seem positively Massachusetts-like in terms of liberal/conservative. Me, I always drive through WilCo at precisely 1 MPH under the speed limit, with both hands on the wheel.

TexMarine
TexMarine

And they're keeping it white in Austin too.

exnuke591
exnuke591

@OxbowIncident Sure you can. Don't you recall the Libs going all cardiac arrest over 3D printers being able to make a single shot handgun out of plastic with the digital plans freely available online?

exnuke591
exnuke591

@OxbowIncident Yes you can, and the Lib's went into "Oh My God We're All Going To Die" over printed single shot hand guns. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@OxbowIncident

But you surely can print a gun on a 3D printer. Prices are down to a couple hundred bucks, and it's only a question of time before we see home-grown firearms. Still need gun shops for ammo, though.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Rumpunch1 @bvckvs 

re:  "if you look at the data it covers all licenses"

If you look past the data that's spoon-fed to you, you'll realize that many to most arms traffickers don't bother with a license.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@TheCredibleHulk @OxbowIncident And, Cabela's has a gun library in most of their stores. Though, you must still purchase the firearms after passing a background check in order to leave with any of them.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

However, she has had plenty of time and negative comments to update the story if that was her point.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk  At the Alamo, I saw one.


Oh, speaking of the Alamo, Phil Collins has the largest collection of memorabilia from the Texas Revolution and just announced that he will be donating all of it to the Alamo Historic Park.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Oddly enough, I was already aware of Collin's fascination with the Alamo and its history. I have no idea why, though.

I heard about the donation this a.m. on the radio. I'm not a great lover of his music, but good on him for his appreciation of the subject and his contribution.

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