This is a discussion on a measurement of freedom in the USA by state within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I found this interesting, particularly in contrast to a recent thread here citing a study ranking states by firearms laws. This study ranks the states' ...
I found this interesting, particularly in contrast to a recent thread here citing a study ranking states by firearms laws. This study ranks the states' freedom based on a couple of hundred criteria, only 1 of which is gun laws.
Probably not surprising to most members of this forum, New York ranks dead last; but surprising to me at least was that one of the authors is on the SUNY faculty.
If interested, put the cursor on a state in the map to get its numeric rank. North Dakota is #1.
Freedom in the 50 States 2013 | Overall Freedom | Mercatus Center
It could be worse!
That settles it... moving to North and/or South Dakota.
You know, I could have guessed for a long time before I named Rhode Island as one of the top 5 states for bachelor parties...
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
Tennessee is #3. Booyah!
"Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power." - Yoshimi Ishikawa
What does the + - and = mean?
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I was planning to move to Idaho when I retire, so looking good.
I know gun laws weren't a major criteria, but I find it interesting that the BOTTOM ten includes Connecticut, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and New York.
Perhaps self-defense and gun laws are simply tracking with other freedoms being held lightly by citizens or their leaders.
The antis just don't understand the depth of love & bonding that comes with guns - redbirddog5
2nd AMENDMENT: The gateway drug to freedom addiction.
I like that site. That was a fun way to spend 5 minutes. My state wasn't too bad considering all the lefty yahoos here.
No surprises at the top or bottom, with the rest of us somewhere in the middle.
"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."
Don Collier, Fury
West Virginia ranked #42 overall but #9 in "personal freedom". Interesting.
I heard yesterday that N. Dakota has a 2% unemployment rate! That's amazing. Well done North Dakota!
South Dakota is #2, so they're doing something right in the Dakotas.
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.- Mark Twain
I can't get Spotted Cow anywhere but Wisconsin. That alone should have given us an extra 10 points.
They give a HUGE weight to Gays. If gay marriage is not legal then it is a BAD state.
If you arrest someone for drug use, you are a BAD state.
In effect, it is their opinion that everyone should be free to be gay and a drug user. Sounds like just the kind of place I want to live - its called San Francisco.