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Top 10 States with the Most Gun Violence
Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/15/2013 | Samuel Weigley

Posted on 04/15/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, a heated debate has raged over gun laws in the country. Supporters of gun control measures argue that more gun control is necessary to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals. Opponents argue that stricter gun control laws will not solve violent crime problems and may even make law-abiding citizens easier targets by making guns harder to buy legally.

Each state has different sets of gun ownership laws. According to the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank that supports gun control, there appears to be a strong relationship between the strength of gun laws in the state and the amount of gun violence. In some states, gun violence exceeds the rest of the country by a wide margin. In Louisiana, between 2001 and 2010, there were 18.9 gun deaths for every 100,000 people, more than six times the rate in Hawaii, the state with the lowest violence. Based on the Center for American Progress report, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 states with the most gun violence.

Click here to see the states with the most gun violence

The states on this list with higher gun violence tend to have much less stringent gun laws than other states with less violence like New Jersey, Connecticut and Hawaii. For instance, none of the states on with the highest gun violence require permits for handgun purchases. In the 10 states with the lowest gun violence, seven have this requirement, including all six states with the lowest levels of gun violence. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave seven of the 10 states an F for their gun control policies, with the remaining three receiving a D or D–.

Even as President Obama and leaders in states such as New York and Connecticut have pushed for tighter gun control following high-profile mass shootings in the past couple of years, these states have moved in the opposite direction.

For instance, Louisiana voters last month approved a constitutional amendment requiring a very high standard for gun control legislation to be enacted in the state. Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence in the country. Alabama Senators voted earlier this month to allow gun owners to keep firearms locked in their car while at work regardless of their employer’s opinion.

Of course, not everyone agrees with the Center for American Progress. In states with looser gun laws, homicides could be higher since more people are able to use a gun to defend themselves, argues David Kopel, research director for the conservative think tank Independence Institute. He estimates that anywhere between 7% and 12% of homicides consist of self-defense, in addition to countless cases where law-abiding gun owners serve as a deterrent.

The Center for American Progress “only look at the harm of guns and refuse to take into account any deterrent or self-defense effect of firearms,” Kopel said in an interview.

Chelsea Parsons, associate director of crime and firearms policy at the Center and a co-author of this report, responded by saying the report measures all gun violence and not just homicides. “The numbers speak for themselves,” she said. She added that the fact that the states with fewer gun restrictions tend to have more gun deaths and injuries “is likely more than a coincidence.”

But stricter gun control laws alone may not solve these states’ gun violence problems. All but one state on this list had property crime rates in 2011 that were in the top half of all states. Seven of the states on this list are among the top 10 in terms of property crime, including all the top four states. The high rates of property crimes, which generally do not involve the use of firearms, indicate a more complex crime problem in these states.

Based on data provided by the Center for American Progress, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the 10 states with the most gun violence. These rankings were based on 10 different criteria, including 2010 firearm homicide deaths per 100,000 people and 2011 firearm-related aggravated assaults. Calculated by the Center, the average rank among all states for each criteria was used to determine the ranking. We also considered data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, such as a state’s crime rate per 100,000 people and property crime rates, as well as the crime rates for large metropolitan areas. Gun laws by state were compiled by the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and various news outlets. All data are for the most recent available years.

These are the 10 states with the most gun violence.

10. Georgia
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.57 (9th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 58.64 (13th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 373.2 (21st highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Nathan Deal (R)

In 2010, there were 4.57 firearm homicides for every 100,000 Georgia residents, the ninth highest rate of all states. Between 2001 and 2010, 1.78 women were killed by gun violence annually for every 100,000 residents, more than all but four other states.The state has very permissive gun laws. In 2011, the state scored just an 8 out of 100 in the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s scorecard. According to the Center for American Progress, the state’s poor guns laws allow for a high level of illegal gun exporting. There were 28.3 guns used in a crime exported from the state for every 100,000 residents, the 10th highest of all states. Meanwhile, 27.6% of crime guns were purchased in the past two years, the seventh highest of all states.

9. Arkansas
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.53 (10th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 100.56 (3rd highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 480.9 (10th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Mike Beebe (D)

Between 2001 and 2010, there were an average of 15.32 total firearm deaths per year — including homicides, suicides and accidents — in Arkansas for every 100,000 residents, the ninth highest of all states. Moreover, the state was one of just three to have more than 100 firearm-related aggravated assaults for every 100,000 residents in 2011. The state’s largest metropolitan area, Little Rock, had the seventh highest violent crime rate of all metropolitan areas. The state’s crime problem was broader than gun use. There were 3,754 property crimes per 100,000 residents in 2011, higher than any state except for South Carolina. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence awarded the state an F for its gun control laws.

Also Read: The Cities Where Violent Crime is Soaring

8. Missouri
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 5.59 (4th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 88.90 (5th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 447.4 (12th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Jay Nixon (D)

There were 5.6 homicide deaths by firearms for every 100,000 Missouri residents in 2010, more than all but three other states. There were also 88.9 aggravated assaults with a firearm per 100,000 residents that year, more than all but four other states. Nearly 76% of murders in 2011 were committed with a firearm, higher than all but two other states. The Republican-dominated legislature has spent more time focusing on expanding gun rights rather than curbing them. One Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Mike Leara, recently introduced a bill that would make it a felony for anyone to propose legislation that “further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States.”

7. New Mexico
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 3.69 (18th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 87.26 (6th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 567.5 (4th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Susana Martinez (R)

Gun safety is a particular problem among children in New Mexico. Between 2001 and 2010, 3.12 children per 100,000 residents were killed annually by a firearm, higher than all but three other states. Moreover, there were more than 87 aggravated assaults with a firearm for every 100,000 residents, the sixth highest rate of all states. The state’s largest metropolitan area, Albuquerque, had one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, with 662 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. New Mexico received an F from The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its gun control and safety laws. However, unlike most states on this list, New Mexico legislators may be moving toward imposing tighter gun restrictions. In February, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill to tighten background checks at gun shows, although the Senate did not vote on the measure by the end of the legislative session.

6. South Carolina
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.95 (7th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 127.88 (2nd highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 571.9 (3rd highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Nikki R. Haley (R)

Between 2001 and 2010, nearly two women per every 100,000 residents were killed in a gun homicide in South Carolina, more than all but three other states. In 2011, there were 128 aggravated assaults with a firearm for every 100,000 residents, a higher rate than all states except for Tennessee. That year, South Carolina had 571.9 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents, higher than all but two other states. This included 6.8 murders and 438.4 aggravated assaults, the third and fourth highest rates in the United States, respectively. The state scored a D– from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its gun control and safety laws. According to the Center for American Progress, the state’s weak gun laws result in the state having one of the highest rates of illegal gun trafficking.

5. Mississippi
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 6.91 (2nd highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 51.69 (19th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 269.8 (18th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Phil Bryant (R)

Mississippi scores at or near the bottom of all states in several criteria used to measure gun violence. In 2009, more than 50 guns were exported from Mississippi for every 100,000 residents and were used in a violent crime in other states, more than any other state and more than three times the average among all states. There were 6.91 firearm homicides per 100,000 residents in 2010, higher than all states except for Louisiana. In addition, there was an annual average of 2.5 homicides of women involving a firearm, also more than all states except for Louisiana. The state scored an F from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for failing to require a background check when guns are transferred between private parties, or to regulate gun dealers effectively.

Also Read: The Cities Where Americans Don’t Feel Safe

4. Arizona
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.24 (13th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 57.36 (16th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 405.9 (19th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Jan Brewer (R)

Arizona ranked in the top 10 states for firearm deaths between 2001 and 2010, along with homicide deaths of women and deaths of children 17 and under in those years. In addition, 30% of guns used in a crime within the state were sold less than two years before the crime was committed, indicating a high likelihood of illegal gun trafficking. This was a higher percentage than all states except for Missouri. In March, Guns & Ammo magazine ranked the state as “The Best State for Gun Owners,” noting the state is one of just a few that do not require a license to carry a concealed firearm. Also, concealed carriers are not required to notify law enforcement of their weapon except during “lawful traffic or criminal investigation, arrest or detention or an investigatory stop by a law enforcement officer.”

3. Alabama
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 5.92 (3rd highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 40.50 (23rd highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 420.1 (16th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Robert Bentley (R)

In Alabama, there were 16.36 deaths due to firearms in 2010 for every 100,000 residents, more than all but three other states. That year, there were 5.92 firearm homicides for every 100,000 people, higher than all but two other states. The state also ranked within the top 10 for homicides of women with a firearm, firearm deaths of children and law enforcement killings, all within a 10-year time frame. Recently, the Alabama Senate voted to ease gun restrictions. The legislation, if signed into law, would allow residents to keep guns locked inside their vehicles at work without fear of pushback by their employer. The legislation also would allow people to carry a visible pistol without being charged with disorderly conduct.

2. Alaska
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.22 (14th highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 80.47 (9th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 606.5 (2nd highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Sean Parnell (R)

In 2010, there were more than 20 gun deaths for every 100,000 residents in Alaska, more than any other state in the country. That year, the state had more 15 suicide deaths with a firearm per 100,000 residents, also more than any other state in the country. Between 2001 and 2010, there were nearly six firearm deaths among children 17 years old or younger per 100,000 children, also the most in the country. In February, Alaska’s House of Representatives passed a law that would exempt the state from new federal gun laws. Any federal agent who attempts to enforce the law could be charged with a felony. Despite its passage, the bill is considered unconstitutional since federal law is superior to state law.

1. Louisiana
> Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 9.53 (the highest)
> Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 99.51 (4th highest)
> Violent crime rate per 100,000: 555.3 (7th highest)
> Need permit to purchase handgun: No
> Governor: Bobby Jindal (R)

No state had a bigger problem with gun violence than Louisiana. Between 2001 and 2010, there were 18.9 firearm deaths — which includes suicides and accidents — annually for every 100,000 residents, more than any other state. In 2010, there were 9.53 homicides involving a firearm for every 100,000 residents, by far the highest rate in the country. In November 2012, nearly three-fourths of Louisiana voters approved a state constitutional amendment that placed a very strict standard on determining whether individual gun rights can be limited. Since the amendment was passed, a host of legal challenges have been filed against the state’s gun restrictions, including a challenge of the ban on felons to own firearms. The state received an F for its gun laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Among the reasons for the poor grade are the fact that the state does not require a waiting period for gun purchases or prohibit the sales of assault weapons or high-caliber rifles.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; gunviolence; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/15/2013 10:47:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
This reads like a Brady press release. Even IF it's true, so what - price of freedom.
2 posted on 04/15/2013 10:51:22 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I bet if you took out the cities that are Dem-controlled in these states, you would get different answers.

I’m sure there are some other factors involved, but without hard numbers in front of me, it would be irresponsible to state them.


3 posted on 04/15/2013 10:54:30 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s the Center for American Progress. Expecting truth out of them is like expecting not to be burned by molten lava.


4 posted on 04/15/2013 10:54:30 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

And yet Chicago is the murder capital of the US. Or is it NYC? I am calling complete BS on this article.


5 posted on 04/15/2013 10:55:03 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Democrat Talking Points.


6 posted on 04/15/2013 10:55:48 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is unfortunate that the WSJ would stoop to creating and publishing this article. It reports with insufficient critical examination a “study” that avoids basic factors any truly scientific study would consider. Specifically, there are no demographic data used in the analyses. I have no doubt the organization that is promoting this propaganda is using data to give a pseudo-legitimacy to their agenda. It is not research by any stretch of the imagination—it is propaganda masquerading as research. If you control for demographic composition of the populations in each state, what happens to the results—can you guess? And, consider the concentration of homicides in each state—could urban areas play a role-—can you guess?


7 posted on 04/15/2013 10:57:40 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve often found that liberal “facts” on ‘gun violence’ include suicides, justifiable killings by both citizens and police, and deaths in which a gun was merely present but not used.

More BS from the left.


8 posted on 04/15/2013 10:58:43 AM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Lets take New Orleans (Little Chicago) out of the Louisiana equation and see how it ranks.

Call total lib BS on this article.

9 posted on 04/15/2013 10:59:23 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: from occupied ga

Oh yeah this is definetaly fudged like a global warming report...

“2+2=5”
“hey, thats wrong”
“oh sorry, 2+3=5, there fixed it”

Liberals cried, moaned and whined about the Patriot Act. “I will not have my rights trampled because of a few lunatics!”

Does this article publish factual numbers about gun violence in our most liberal gun-controlled cities like Chicago? Or did I miss it?


10 posted on 04/15/2013 11:00:53 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

These propaganda pieces are just a small part of the socialist push. The socialists are hoping and hoping for another crazy person to go on an attack and harm a lot of innocents. It would be just the thing they need in this moment to push them over the top in their drive to forever destroy individual liberty through self-defense. It would be the jewel in the progressive crown of legislative usurpation of freedom.


11 posted on 04/15/2013 11:02:44 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: bk1000
Chicago has 500+ firearms homicides per year... and a population of 2.7 million... for a rate of 18.5 per 100,000.

Alaska has 700,000 residents. Their rate of 4.22 means they have 29 firearm homicides per year for the entire state... and this is somehow worse than the 500+ per year in one town (Obama's hometown).

Further, with 12.8 million people in Illinois, Chicago's murders alone put the state at 3.91 per 100,000... so the rest of the entire state, 9 million people including East St Louis, the worst city in America, somehow does not put them high enough to make the top 10. Mmm hmmmm.

12 posted on 04/15/2013 11:03:44 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: iacovatx
“...If you control for demographic composition of the populations in each state, what happens to the results—can you guess?...”

Of course these are the States with the highest percentages of Blacks.

What about North Dakota and South Dakota? They have laissez faire gun laws. Why didn't they get on the list?

13 posted on 04/15/2013 11:04:06 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: iacovatx

If you want science—John Lott’s studies are the gold standard in this area of public policy and freedom.


14 posted on 04/15/2013 11:04:10 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: SeekAndFind
Among the reasons for the poor grade are the fact that the state does not require a waiting period for gun purchases or prohibit the sales of assault weapons or high-caliber rifles.

The writer stated this in the last sentence with no source to back it up as if it were fact.

No bias here, no way....
15 posted on 04/15/2013 11:05:46 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Uh oh—you are starting to ask the right questions. Too bad the vast majority of WSJ readers will never ask those questions.


16 posted on 04/15/2013 11:05:52 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anything to deceive by biased groups.

A better “map” would be gun violence per county, coded red and blue per voting patterns. Also a map with and without restrictive gun laws, as well as analysis of how many are committed in ‘gun free zones”

Whaddya bet blue outscores red on the violence meter?


17 posted on 04/15/2013 11:06:39 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SeekAndFind
As usual, the anti-gunners are counting all deaths from gunfire as gun violence, including self-defense shootings, and justifiable shootings by police.
18 posted on 04/15/2013 11:10:21 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is wrong with this data presentation:

1) no accounting for defensive gun use
2) no separation of data for lawful use of a gun resulting in death
3) no separation of data for dem controlled cities / counties
4) no accounting for overall violent crime rate (rape, assault, etc)

I could go on but this is cherry picking the data at it’s worst.


19 posted on 04/15/2013 11:10:46 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SeekAndFind

G&A Ranks the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013

http://www.gunsandammo.com/2013/03/14/ga-ranks-the-best-states-for-gun-owners-in-2013/

for a comparison


20 posted on 04/15/2013 11:13:56 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet these stats include a lot of folks who needed killin’ (i.e. shootings in self defense).
The Brady Bunch is like that.


21 posted on 04/15/2013 11:14:06 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

This doesn’t smell right.
There’s no way to measure gun density per capita and a correlation to gun death, since most guns are owned without documentation.
Plus, an entire state is affected by gun deaths, when it is actually a few square miles of urban zone that account for the majority of injuries.
Then you have states like Utah, Idaho and Wyoming with very high gun per capita densities, that don’t make the list.

This survey is too uncontrolled. It sounds bogus.


22 posted on 04/15/2013 11:15:00 AM PDT by lurk
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To: iacovatx

This is NOT WSJ - or anything to do with WSJ that I can tell....


23 posted on 04/15/2013 11:15:48 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: iacovatx

I don’t think 24/7 Wall Street is the WSJ.

The “statistics” here are brought to us by the Center for American Progress. Commie propaganda.


24 posted on 04/15/2013 11:16:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Teacher317

Chicago has 500+ MURDERS per year. Murders are a subset of homicides.

The Brady Bunch figures here probably include suicides (by far the largest source of firearm related deaths), and self-defense shootings as well as murders.


25 posted on 04/15/2013 11:16:50 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: from occupied ga

“Gun violence” and “deaths” proabably also include the bad guys who were taken out legitimately by a law abiding citizen.


26 posted on 04/15/2013 11:17:06 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: taxcontrol

Well according tot he group that did this study they said:

“the report measures all gun violence and not just homicides.”


27 posted on 04/15/2013 11:20:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It also turns out that compared to other buildings and institutions, hospitals tend to have the highest rate of death by disease, so you should avoid them (and maybe they should be eliminated) to preserve your health.


28 posted on 04/15/2013 11:23:00 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: Olog-hai

I stopped reading as soon as I found out it was by the Center for American Progress.


29 posted on 04/15/2013 11:23:51 AM PDT by rocksblues
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To: SeekAndFind

If you would remove all Obama voters from this country, our crime rate would be 1/10th of what it is now....just saying.


30 posted on 04/15/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Ditto Vermont.


31 posted on 04/15/2013 11:26:59 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: SeekAndFind

The elephant in the room is the cities where these muders happening are in democratic controlled areas. The majority of the victims and perps are black.


32 posted on 04/15/2013 11:27:13 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: kosciusko51

Exactly true. The gun homicide rate in Georgia at large is far lower than certain Dem -controlled zip codes in Atlanta metro, Savannah metro and even Augusta metro. AND it is far worse for the late-teen demographic (Amish of course) than the general population.

If i wasn’t mobile i would post stats from the CDC that make this OBVIOUS.

and when you strip out the illegally owned firearms, my county, Gwinnett has a firearm murder rate approaching 1 per 100,000.

Rolling data up To the state level is very misleading. Pivoting to zip code, then selecting for age and, ahem, culture is very revealing.


33 posted on 04/15/2013 11:28:51 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Olog-hai

Center for American Progress led by the flaming homosexual John Podesta.


34 posted on 04/15/2013 11:29:24 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: stuartcr

THE GUNS OF OBAMERICA

67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those numbers are from six years ago. They have grown worse since.

Those are the crowded cities of Obamerica. The places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. These are the places where the family is broken, money comes from the government and immigrants crowd in from some of the most violent parts of the world bringing with them their own organized crime. These are also the places that have run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.

Obama won every major city in the election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory. He won New Orleans by 80 to 17 where the murder rate is ten times higher than the national average. He won Detroit, where the murder rate of 53 per 100,000 people is the second highest in the country and twice as high as any country in the world, including the Congo and South Africa. He won it 73 to 26. And then he celebrated his victory in Chicago where the murder rate is three times the statewide average.

In 2010, there were 11,078 firearm homicides in the United States and over 2,000 known gang-related killings, over 90% of which are carried out with firearms. Since 1981, Los Angeles alone has had 16,000 gang related homicides. That’s more than twice the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and it’s more than the number of Americans who died in the Mexican-American War.

This is what Obamerica looks like. It’s a place where life is cheap and illegal guns are as available as illegal drugs. It’s a series of war zones whose problem is not the supply of guns, but their own social dysfunction.

America does not have a gun violence problem. Obamerica does.

These places aren’t America. They’re Obamerica.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2980282/posts


35 posted on 04/15/2013 11:29:31 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't know about your state but in my state most shootings are in da hood.
36 posted on 04/15/2013 11:33:07 AM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: Sopater

If guns stop ONE rape of a woman they are worth it. These people clearly hate women.


37 posted on 04/15/2013 11:38:00 AM PDT by GamecockD
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To: SeekAndFind
Some little facts about New Orleans, Louisiana:

2012: Population - 369,250
Murders - 193
52 per 100,000 population
1 per every 1,923

Third world, Democrat run, corrupt s---hole.

38 posted on 04/15/2013 11:38:04 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

ping


39 posted on 04/15/2013 12:10:45 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2864689/posts


40 posted on 04/15/2013 12:20:06 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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“Gun violence” is a propaganda metric. Consider “Hospital Deaths”. Millions of people die each year in hospitals. We can stop all “hospital deaths” by banning hospitals. They we will no longer have millions of “hospital deaths”, but of course, the total number of deaths per year will go up.

Total homicides are the proper measure. I bet the “gun violence” in these numbers includes suicides, for example.

For those who are interested, here is an explanation of the difference in homicides between Europe and the United States. It is demographics, not guns.

European Murder Rates Compared to the United States: Demographics vs Guns

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2013/01/european-murder-rates-compared-to.html


41 posted on 04/15/2013 12:41:28 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They deliberately picked the top 10 conservative leaning states and left out all others...and didn’t mention that little tidbit.


42 posted on 04/15/2013 1:27:33 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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Every one of these states have a large number of non-white and non-anglo populations.....that is the #1 glaring stat

Gun Control is the seizure of white folks weapons. Period


43 posted on 04/15/2013 1:47:39 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is BS! Philadelphia and Chicago, not to mention NYC, LA, etc.? They had to have removed the big blue states like CA, NY, & IL to get these figures!


44 posted on 04/15/2013 1:48:13 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I regret any error in attribution. Thanks for correcting me as no source should be insulted by association. I apologize.


45 posted on 04/16/2013 11:47:56 AM PDT by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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