Dear Violence Policy Center Action Network Member:
Traditionally "pro-gun" states in the South and West lead the nation in overall
firearm death rates according to a new analysis issued this month by the
Violence Policy Center. The analysis reveals that the top 10 states with the
highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico,
Alabama, Nevada, Mississippi, Montana, Arizona, and Arkansas (see
http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart.htm for a ranking of all 50 states). Each of the
top 10 states had a per capita gun death rate of at least 15 per 100,000, far
exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of 10.36 per 100,000. The
study received strong television press coverage in many of the top 10 states.
In the press release (see
http://www.vpc.org/press/0602rank.htm), VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann
stated, "All of these states pride themselves on being `pro-gun'-but the numbers
show that guns kill."
Less than a week later, Vice President Dick Cheney starkly illustrated that
being pro-gun offers no guarantee of protection from firearms injury. Following
the Vice-President's shooting of a fellow hunter, the VPC issued a press release
(see http://www.vpc.org/press/0602cheney.htm) stating: "Saturday's shooting of a
fellow hunter by Vice President Dick Cheney was just one more addition to the
more than quarter million Americans who have been injured by firearms during
President George W. Bush's tenure....From 2001 through 2003, the most recent
year available, nearly 30,000 Americans a year were killed by firearms...."
Cheney has been the Administration's most vocal pro-gun voice, addressing the
National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting in 2004. In his speech to NRA
members, Cheney described himself and President Bush as "lifelong gun owners,
hunters, and anglers--and strong believers in the Bill of Rights of the
Constitution. Like many of you, I grew up close to the land, learned from my dad
how to handle a gun, and still look forward to every chance to join up with
friends to go hunting." (Please see http://www.vpc.org/cheney.htm for a copy of
the speech from the NRA's America's 1st Freedom Magazine.)
Finally, the VPC's Josh Sugarmann has begun writing a blog for The Huffington
Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/). To see his past columns, visit
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Thank you, as always, for your efforts to stop gun death and injury.
These folks are masters of twisting statistics. Keep in mind that their numbers include suicides and justifiable homicides.
The VPC is rapidly falling down a financial hole they won't be able to climb out of.
I can't remember where I saw the article but it said that they have stopped defending their anti-gun policy's in the courts due to a lack of funds.
Not an exact quote but words to that effect anyway.
I will hoist a beer to their downfall when I get home.
Alaska?!?!? How in the world do they plan on supporting that bullshit? Alaska prolly has the LOWEST death rate in the country......
So 0.01036 % of the population were killed with firearms in normal states but a whooping
0.00464% more were killed pro-gun states.
Damn when will it stop.
The figures are per 100,000. Are there 100,000 people in Alaska?
That just means that there was only 1 firearm related death in Alaska last year.
You will also note that for the most part, the "pro-gun" states that are mentioned in the statistics have realatively low populations, meaning that the actual number of gun related deaths would be far lower in those states than New York or Californistan. Per Capita gun deaths really don't mean squat in this sort of circumstance.
What is DC's per capita gun death rate? I doubt that they would tell us if they knew.