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Fewer Guns Mean Fewer Deaths
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Fewer Guns Mean Fewer Deaths
Gun Nation Study says lower rates of ownership and strict laws reduce gun deaths

Connecticut, thankfully, is one of the five states with the lowest per capita rates of gun deaths. The reasons may seem obvious.

An analysis of just-released 2007 federal data by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit that works to reduce gun violence, found that states with lower gun ownership rates and strong gun laws have the lowest rates of overall gun fatalities.

With a household gun ownership of 16.2 percent and a gun death rate of 4.27 per 100,000, Connecticut ranked fourth behind Hawaii, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and ahead of New York, among the states with the fewest per capita gun deaths. All were well below the At the other end of the spectrum, Louisiana, where 45.6 percent of households report owning guns, the death rate was 19.87 per 100,000. The next three states, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, all have gun ownership rates in excess of 50 percent and gun death rates in the range of 17 to 18 per 100,000.

The study would appear to challenge the notion, sometimes proffered by the gun lobby, that we'd all be safer if everyone had a gun. The more guns, this study indicates, the more gunshot wounds.

The challenge is to balance legal gun ownership with the daunting need to keep guns out of the wrong hands. We have a long way to go; guns are way too easy to get, even for terrorists. The New Republic reported this month that from 2004 to 2010, 1,225 gun purchases sought by people on the terrorist watch list were submitted for a federal background check, and 91 percent were approved. And in most of the past 30 years, there have been more suicides than homicides with guns. Is it a good idea to keep a gun in the house?

The Violence Policy Center analysis tells us to keep trying, that background checks for buyers and sales people, registration requirements, waiting periods and other laws do help. national average of 10.34 per 100,000, and all are credited with having strong gun laws.
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  -Fewer Guns Mean Fewer Deaths dtotire  Jun-17-10 01:50 PM   #0 
  - K&R....before this thread gets overrun by the posse.  marmar   Jun-17-10 01:52 PM   #1 
  - Cities with less crime have less fearful citizens buying guns  Oregone   Jun-17-10 01:55 PM   #2 
  - How do you explain Chicago?  Travis Coates   Jun-17-10 06:35 PM   #26 
  - Really? This is hard to believe  Doctor_J   Jun-17-10 02:01 PM   #3 
  - History Channel Stat  90-percent   Jun-17-10 02:05 PM   #4 
  - "That is one hell of an accomplishment, American gun owners!"  Callisto32   Jun-18-10 08:24 AM   #34 
  - Violent crime is down. Gun sales are way up. Hard fact.  SteveM   Jun-21-10 05:49 PM   #46 
  - People inclined to violence and/or fear buy (and use) guns.  Tesha   Jun-17-10 02:10 PM   #5 
  - Broad-brush, much? n/t  PavePusher   Jun-17-10 02:32 PM   #7 
  - I'm happy and safe, and I buy guns because I like collecting them  slackmaster   Jun-17-10 02:36 PM   #10 
  - Another faux progressive displays their prejudice.  jazzhound   Jun-17-10 02:53 PM   #12 
  - Wow, stereotypes ahoy!  proteus_lives   Jun-17-10 06:14 PM   #23 
  - Nice bumper sticker...  east texas lib   Jun-17-10 06:41 PM   #27 
  - "Happy People Dont need Guns "  Katya Mullethov   Jun-17-10 06:52 PM   #28 
  - psst.  onehandle   Jun-17-10 06:56 PM   #29 
  - Actually, being a gun owner is much more personal than race, or national origin..or something.  Callisto32   Jun-18-10 08:30 AM   #36 
     - i was being vewy vewy quiet.  onehandle   Jun-18-10 08:56 AM   #37 
  - My trap guns say you are a liar, or at least horribly misinformed about firearms use.  Callisto32   Jun-18-10 08:28 AM   #35 
  - I just bought a new firearm Saturday  Abq_Sarah   Jun-21-10 03:34 PM   #43 
  - Your social analysis falls flat...  SteveM   Jun-21-10 05:53 PM   #47 
  - I live in Vermont and we have very liberal gun laws and  SPedigrees   Jun-17-10 02:19 PM   #6 
  - Hmm bet I can cherrypick too  dmallind   Jun-17-10 02:33 PM   #8 
  - You're right... what are D.C. and Illinois (Chi-town) doing wrong?  PavePusher   Jun-17-10 09:53 PM   #31 
  - "Gun death" rate is a meaningless, bullshit measure that tells you nothing about public safety  slackmaster   Jun-17-10 02:33 PM   #9 
  - There are far more guns in this country today than in 1970 ...  spin   Jun-17-10 02:42 PM   #11 
  - One helluva problem for the foaming righties!  jazzhound   Jun-17-10 06:10 PM   #22 
     - So if we want to eliminate all violent crime ...  spin   Jun-17-10 11:00 PM   #32 
  - The terrorist watch list is a pathetic joke.  GreenStormCloud   Jun-17-10 03:05 PM   #13 
  - It isn't lax gun laws that account for the high crime rates in some states  tularetom   Jun-17-10 03:07 PM   #14 
  - A more concise summary of what I tried to say in post 6. Thanks! nt  SPedigrees   Jun-17-10 03:23 PM   #15 
  - LOL! n/t  TPaine7   Jun-17-10 03:44 PM   #16 
  - In other news: study by Flat Earth Society shows... wait for it... "Earth is Flat" n/t  TPaine7   Jun-17-10 04:22 PM   #17 
  - Just thought about this the other day...........  jazzhound   Jun-17-10 06:23 PM   #25 
     - I'm easy. I'll take 2% of net sales. n/t  TPaine7   Jun-17-10 07:11 PM   #30 
        - Make sure you have a "residuals in perpetuity" clause...  east texas lib   Jun-19-10 12:45 PM   #40 
  - Greenwich or Shithole CT?  Pavulon   Jun-17-10 04:47 PM   #18 
  - You are all wrong  safeinOhio   Jun-17-10 04:52 PM   #19 
  - VPC? at least use a credible source when you go trolling  ProgressiveProfessor   Jun-17-10 05:47 PM   #20 
  - Connecticut also has the second highest tax rate on cigarettes!  X_Digger   Jun-17-10 05:58 PM   #21 
  - VPC? Automatic fail.  proteus_lives   Jun-17-10 06:14 PM   #24 
  - I'm starting to think ALL of these studies are worthless.  Callisto32   Jun-18-10 08:21 AM   #33 
  - Then why are murder rates falling in Dallas?  derby378   Jun-18-10 03:28 PM   #38 
  - Maybe more guns also means fewer deaths  slackmaster   Jun-18-10 04:45 PM   #39 
  - That particular demographic has shifted to Arlington .  Katya Mullethov   Jun-19-10 01:59 PM   #41 
  - Ignorance and statistics is a dangerous combination n/t  Taitertots   Jun-19-10 07:12 PM   #42 
  - I would believe it with a slight tweak of the title.  AtheistCrusader   Jun-21-10 04:24 PM   #44 
  - I hope you reviewed the hard data concerning this "issue"...  SteveM   Jun-21-10 05:29 PM   #45 

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