The same could be said for most of Texas, in spades.
The right of individual self-defence deters crime, constrains it, prevents it from spreading out of the drug-infested failed jurisdictions.
Absolutely true. How else do you explain the fact that at the height the mob violence in the 1920's and early 30's, when full-auto guns could be had by nearly anyone (without background checks, waiting periods, permission slips from your Chief Nanny at the PD or $200 tax stamps, I might add), the only violence involving these guns was between criminals. They just didn't think it worth it to F@#* with the average citizen, when the average person could've had anything in the house, car or on their person. This is the same reason that states with "shall issue" licensing show a faster drop in crime than non- or may-issue states.