Skip to comments.Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score
Posted on 03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST by marktwain
The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a 2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state colleges and universities. Utah already has such protections, but could achieve a 2 score by adopting Constitutional (permitless) Concealed Carry as Alaska and Arizona have. Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma all came in with just 2 points apiece and all have a real shot at beating the leaders into negative numbers with the right combination of reforms.
The Brady Center released this latest scorecard with much hoopla and heavy breathing, but their own data clearly shows that there is no correlation between gun control and criminal violence. Crime statistics vary widely - from high to virtually non-existent among the 40 or so states Brady ranks as poor, while several of the Bradys highest ranked states have some of the highest rates of violent crime. As a matter of fact, a full 25% of all violent crime in the US occurs in the Bradys top four states with the most severe firearms restrictions. Of course the Bradys and their political allies argue that the tight restrictions are a response to the high crime, but most of the restrictions have been in place for years, if not decades, and they have proven to be completely ineffective at reducing criminal violence.
Violent crime is a result of numerous factors, with poverty, population density, education, social and moral supports, and drug and alcohol abuse being chief among them. While it is difficult to prove whether fewer restrictions on firearms results in less crime, it is easy to demonstrate that stricter gun laws do not reduce violent crime or accidents or suicide.
Even if strict gun laws could deter violent crime in general, that would be outweighed by the immorality of denying citizens the basic right to protect and defend themselves, their families, and their communities. These core rights cannot be justifiably discarded based on the bad behavior of a tiny minority of the population. History and an endless array of scientific studies and the Bradys own simplistic scorecards prove that gun control laws do not save lives, do not reduce crime, and do not protect the children, despite the hoplophobic rantings of the Brady Bunch and their so-called Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Even their name is a lie. They do not campaign to prevent gun violence, they campaign to restrict lawful access to firearms and limit legal firearms ownership. I have never seen any Brady propaganda proposing or supporting initiatives that might actually reduce violence; only an ongoing crusade against gun owners.
The Bradys do serve a useful purpose however, they highlight the threats to liberty posed by hoplophobes and politicians who dont believe the citizens can be trusted, and they give rights activists a better idea of how liberty is being subverted in various states. This latest Brady scorecard shows that the vast majority of states are effectively combating those who would infringe on the right to arms. Forty of the fifty states scored 25 points or less, while thirty one states scored 8 or less. Reports from state legislatures around the country indicate that scores will be lower next year. Virginia rights leaders are already celebrating an expected promotion to a Red State on next years Brady map as they will move down at least 2 points from last years embarrassing 12 to a much more respectable 9 points. They do acknowledge that they still have a lot of work to do though as better than half the states will still have lower scores.
We at The Firearms Coalition would like to express our thanks to the Brady Bunch and their cohorts at the Legal Community Against Violence (another deceptively named anti-rights group, which actually compiled the data the Bradys used) for providing us with this valuable information and offering incentives for states to compete in this race to preserve liberty.
To see how your state stacks up on the liberty scale, visit the Brady web site at http://www.bradycampaign.org/stategunlaws/scorecard/.
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My state is rated 7th. Maryland, with ridiculous gun laws.
I think that would require arming your prison inmates. We’ve got a ways to go but I can’t complain too much about Michigan’s score of 25.
Personally I don’t think there should be any restrictions at all.
I wouldn’t visit the Brady site if you paid me.
Texas has a lot of work to do. You would think we would be a bastion of gun rights but we have 4 points.
If we can pass open carry that will help us get to zero. Campus carry and constitutionally carry laws replacing concealed carry laws should push us negative.
Negative score. Vending machine possibly.
Not gonna Sweat GA being at 8.
WOW! Reading the Brady Campaign’s requirements, I’m surprised they don’t have a requirement to say Sieg Heil when a politician walks by.
Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score
I thought this was going to be about the Democratic National Committees War on liberty.
The Dems are going after religious Liberty, Economic Liberty, the Liberty to defend yourself, The Liberty of not being dependent on the government, the Liberty of free-speech,
Or in Cajun French
For those of you living in states with big numbers, my sympathies.
Of the top 10 or so, some have high rates of gun crime and others don’t, so it’s obvious that their ratings don’t mean very much.
That's not really true. At least in the case of Kalifornia, the score is indicative of the additional hassle and expense of keeping and bearing arms, above and beyond actual prohibitions.
I have spent thousands to counter the unacceptable aspects of Kalifornia's so-called "Assault Weapons" laws. Only recently have I regained use of a two thousand dollar target rifle which had been outlawed by name and by irrelevant features some ten years ago.
Since some FFLs are intimidated by having to interpret unacceptably vague gun laws, I have to drive 240 miles every time I purchase a firearm (two round-trips to his location 60 miles from my home, separated by a meaningless ten-day-wait).
I still carry the Basic Firearms Safety Certificate issued by Kalifornia that was supposed to be good for life. I also carry two copies of the replacement Handgun Safety Certificate because the first one expired. Each certificate costs about $25 not including my time.
I carry these documents so that I can explain to anyone who needs educating what an infringement it is to require an Army veteran to periodically prove that he hasn't forgotten how to handle firearms safely.
For the record, I recently lost all my firearms in an unfortunate boating accident.
The nut jobs and criminals are just going to ignore the laws anyway. I'd be more interested in seeing some statistics that show how severe the punishment is likely to be in each of the states where a gun crime is committed. The Brady Commission seems to focus on limiting the supply of guns, rather than taking the bad guys that commit violent crimes using guns off the street.
We would be in negative territory in AZ, but Brewer vetoed the right to carry on public thoroughfares that run through college campuses, like University in Tempe. Since I carry in my car, I can’t drive there.
Brewer is not the rock-ribbed conservative she claims to be, never was.