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.
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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.