Skip to comments.Brady Rankings: More Gun Laws, More Violent Crime
Posted on 02/02/2008 12:26:11 PM PST by snowsislander
In January, the Brady Campaign released its annual "State Report Cards," scoring the states according to their gun laws.
Once again, the Brady rankings clearly demonstrate that states that have the most gun control tend to have the most violent crime.
Brady says that a state could get a perfect "100" if it would: limit the frequency of gun purchases; prohibit private transfers of firearms; require gun show attendees to sign a ledger to be provided to the police; prohibit the sale of firearms that do not engrave a serial number on fired ammunition and require registration such firearms' purchasers; license and regulate firearm dealers at the state level; prohibit handguns that do not have "smart" gun features; prohibit detachable-magazine semi-automatics and some pump-action rifles and shotguns; allow the arbitrary rejection of Right-to-Carry permit applications; allow local jurisdictions to impose gun control laws more restrictive than the state legislature; and allow the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in legitimate self-defense.
Since most states do not have these kinds of laws -- gun control having been rolled back and rejected at the federal, state, and local levels in the last 15-20 years -- Brady gave most states "failing" scores. Forty-two states received 28 points or fewer, and only one state received a score higher than 63--California.
But, as usual, Brady's scores correlate inversely with states' crime rates. Using crime data published by the FBI for 2006, the most recent year available:
* California, the state that has the most gun control and received Brady's highest score (79), has violent crime and murder rates that are 14% and 23% higher, respectively, compared to the rest of the country.
* Brady didn't bother giving a score to Washington, D.C., which has more gun control than California and even higher crime rates.
* Most of the 38 states that Brady gave 20 or fewer points to, have total violent crime, murder, and robbery rates that are below the national rates.
* For states that have total violent crime, murder, and robbery rates that are below the national rates, Brady gave average scores of 19, 19, and 14, respectively.
* For the 10 states with the lowest total violent crime, murder, and robbery rates, Brady gave average scores of 12, 12, and 9, respectively.
Don’t you know that you’re not supposed to say that? It’s one of those uppressed PC secrets like more rent control, more homelessness.
Great ponts. Thanks.
The Brady bunch want to create a bunch of laws that only affect the ability of the law-abiding to defend themselves and their families from criminals --- lawbreakers by definition are not going to pay any attention to the laws that the gungrabbers want to create.
Not only does this affect law-abiding people by creating byzantine rules for compliance with the thousands of gun laws in this country, but by disarming the law-abiding it also makes the field wide open for criminals to act with impunity.
I don't know what to attribute such inexplicable behavior on the part of the gungrabbers, but it certainly does not appear to be from a surplus of simple reasoning ability.
And the fools won't change their minds -- they will swear the stats are fa;se.
These people are bloody insane.
Yes, I think the ILA did a good job putting this together.
Why does Brady leave out “outaw crime”? That’ll fix it for sure. Won’t it??
Actually, me thinks the brady bunch are using violent crime as a means of disarming the public in order to impose a police state.
Gotta give credit where it’s due: the NRA did a great job with that article.
Using a badly brain damaged victim as the lead person is this is as pathetic a PR stunt as I’ve ever seen. The organization has zero credibility from that alone.
The used to assure us it was only evil HANDGUNS that they wanted to better control. But now we see (if we ever doubted) the full agenda which includes rifles and shotguns as well.
I am sure glad as a resident of Kentucky that we ranked last in the recent Brady. “State Report Cards” According to their report guns are very easily obtained in Ky. It’s a favorite location for the likes of Al Queda. I guess thats why our crime rates are so low. And that reminds me I need some more guns. Gotta go I’m headed for the gun show.
Can somebody get into Demo Underground to post this? I’d love to see their reaction to it.
“I don’t know what to attribute such inexplicable behavior on the part of the gungrabbers, but it certainly does not appear to be from a surplus of simple reasoning ability.”
Gungrabbers tend to be hard-core socialists, and they adhere strongly to the totalitarian dictum that the state must disarm the people, as that is the surest way of controlling them.
“I’ve come to believe that he needs a certain level of violence in this country. He’s willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda and his vice president, too.”
It wa true eight years ago, it’s true today. Teh gun grabbers need a certain level of violence and bloodshed to promote their littl totalitarian agenda.
I heard, but I don’t know for a fact, that there are a lot of gun-rights types there. If true, it’s amazing what two terms of a feared president can do to your outlook on firearms ownership rights!
I do not have the methodology that ILA used in compiling these statistics, but I personally would be surprised if the violent crime statistics were limited to those committed by criminals using guns since I don't believe that's relative to the ILA's point.
The ILA's point is that gun laws restrict the ability of the law-abiding to use guns to defend themselves from violent criminals --- and violent criminals by definition do not respect our laws, be they gun laws or laws against murder, theft, or assault.
More gun laws simply mean that criminals are more confident in committing violent crimes since law-abiding victims are less likely to be able to respond effectively.
A violent criminal would, all other things being equal, prefer to attack victims that cannot respond effectively. This is not only more logical, but is also borne out by the statistics that the ILA is providing in this article. The Brady bunch are in reality acting as sponsors of more violent crime by advocating more gun control.
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