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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:56 PM

States With Higher Gun Ownership and Weak Gun Laws Lead Nation in Gun Death

February 7, 2013
5:19 PM
States With Higher Gun Ownership and Weak Gun Laws Lead Nation in Gun Death

Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Alabama, and Wyoming Have Highest Gun Death Rates


WASHINGTON - February 7 - States with higher gun ownership rates and weak gun laws have the highest rates of gun death according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of 2010 national data (the most recent available) from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Alabama, and Wyoming. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate for the 50 states of 10.25 per 100,000 for 2010. Each state has lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. By contrast, states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had far lower rates of firearm-related death. Ranking last in the nation for gun death was Hawaii, followed by Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York. (See rankings below for top and bottom five states. See http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart13.htm for a ranking of all 50 states.)

VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “The equation is simple. More guns lead to more gun death, but limiting exposure to firearms saves lives.” The total number of Americans killed by gunfire rose to 31,672 in 2010 from 31,347 in 2009.

More:
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/02/07-8

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Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #1
abelenkpe Feb 2013 #3
Squinch Feb 2013 #4
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #5
Squinch Feb 2013 #6
progressoid Feb 2013 #7
Squinch Feb 2013 #8
upaloopa Feb 2013 #2
samsingh Feb 2013 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:03 PM

1. It's unfair to count suicides and accidents,

or so I'm told on DU.

Apparently mental illness is a choice, and a few thousand accidental deaths are too few to be important.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:28 PM

3. Like kids findng guns in the home

and shooting themselves or another? Those accidents? Insignificant according to gun advocates....

I'm sure they'll chime in any time now reminiscing about growing up safe around guns. Just like those that wax poetic about the days before kids sat in car seats and wore bike helmets. Stupid regulations

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:28 PM

4. Because you could just as easily have an accident with a spoon or, I am told, a guppy.

And DIE!!!

Though it has never happened in recorded history.

But whatever.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:30 PM

5. Since evidence is no longer needed to put Americans on secret kill lists,

why should we need evidence for anything else?

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:32 PM

6. I'd feel better if the Americans on the lists had to be killed by means of guppy. Or spoon.

I am guessing that won't catch on, though.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:45 PM

7. More laws that limit 2nd amemnd rights will cause a rise in suicides by guppy.

Mark my words.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:54 PM

8. Oh! The humanity!!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:04 PM

2. Waiting for the talking points to refute this

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:39 AM

9. makes sense. as i thought - more guns more deaths

the rest are bullshit arguments intended to delay the truth.

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