Entries by Samual Stebbins

People Are Flocking to Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

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Editors’ Note: Although the most impressive growth on the chart below has occurred in Florida, the Prescott Valley-Prescott, AZ area is right behind the Lake Havasu City-Kingman area of Arizona. Despite the tainted purplish color of Arizona politics and elections due to factors covered in The Prickly Pear in 2020 and 2022, Arizona remains a […]

This Is the Largest Gunmaker in Arizona

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The United States is the single largest civilian firearm market in the world. A recent Gallup poll found that 45% of Americans have a gun in their home. And many of those households have more than one, as the U.S. is the only country with more privately-owned guns than people. Whether for hunting, target shooting, […]

This is How Much the Federal Government Makes from Gun Sales in Arizona

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America’s gun industry is booming. Over 11.3 million firearms were manufactured in the United States in 2020, more than double the 5.6 million produced in 2010, and nearly triple the 3.9 million guns manufactured in 2000, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Surging demand for firearms has been a boon not […]

Fatal Drug Overdoses Are on the Rise in Arizona

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More Americans are dying from drug overdoses than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were an estimated 100,306 fatal overdoses over the 12 months through April 2021 — the most ever reported in a 12-month period and double the annual number of car accidents and firearm deaths combined. The […]

How COVID-19 Affected Arizona’s Economy

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The U.S. economy reported its worst quarterly decline in modern history during the COVID-19 pandemic, with gross domestic product shrinking at an annual rate of 31.4% in the second quarter. The economy bounced back in the third quarter, but efforts to contain the virus’s spread throughout 2020 still resulted in a 3.5% annual economic contraction […]

How Arizona’s Economy Compares to Other States

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The COVID-19 pandemic sent economic shockwaves through the U.S. economy, tripling the monthly unemployment to nearly 15% and leading to a more than 30% quarterly decline in GDP — by far the largest economic contraction in U.S. history. No corner of the country was untouched by the pandemic’s economic consequences — but some states have […]