Brady grades get an F again
The Brady Campaign ranks North Dakota 44th out of 50 States, with only 4 of 100 possible points.
Just in time for the North Dakota Attorney General to announce that in 2008 the State had ZERO gun homicides. And only two homicides at all, both stabbings.
Hat tip to reader Dan Mason....
...yet California still ranks number one with 79 out of 100 points. It would be interesting to compare each state's "Brady score" with its homicide rate.
Posted by: Gator at January 2, 2009 11:58 PM
I blame/credit the weather! What riffraff would want to endure ND's winters. :D
Posted by: Curmudgeon Geographer at January 3, 2009 12:21 AM
Hmm ... Chicago alone beats ND hands-down. The city chalked up 508 murders in the year 2008.
The first murder of 2009 happened between 1:30 and 2 am on New Year's Day.
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at January 3, 2009 06:32 AM
And if it wasn't for the strict ban on handguns and various semiauto rifles, I am CERTAIN that number would have been much higher ...
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at January 3, 2009 06:34 AM
You mean there would have been a whole lot more perps killed had the innocent the means to protect themselves?
Posted by: tom gunn at January 3, 2009 07:27 AM
Checking my state I found the error below. Businesses are not forced to allow guns at work here, I know for a fact that CAT will can you if you are found with a gun in your car. The law reads that Mississippi allows employees to keep guns in their cars at work–unless the employer’s parking area is restricted by a gate or other security device. Brady chose to leave that part out, no surprise there.
GUNS AT WORK
Are businesses forced to allow guns in the workplace? Yes
Mississippi - State law forces employers and businesses to allow guns on their privately held property. This dangerous law seeks to turn companies into criminals if they ban guns on their private property.
Posted by: Jim K at January 3, 2009 08:36 AM
"...yet California still ranks number one with 79 out of 100 points. It would be interesting to compare each state's "Brady score" with its homicide rate."
Actually, I have done something similar several times in the past. However, for various reasons, it is much more relevant to compare violent crime rates than homicide rates.
One reason that homicide is a poor measure of the effect of gun control laws is the inverse relationship between access to medical care and the rate of deaths versus injuries
suffered in criminal attacks. A knife wound 50 miles away from the nearest hospital in Montana may be more likely to result in a fatality, and thus result in a "homicide", than an equivalent knife wound inflicted on Broadway in New York City.
Also, homicide stats may or may not include a sizeable proportion of justifiable self-defense homicides, depending on when the stats were collected and the jurisdictions collecting them. Obviously, when a homicide occurs and is reported, there is no doubt that someone is dead....but the question of whether or not it's a justifiable one may not be resolved for months.
Posted by: Andy Frechtling at January 3, 2009 09:18 AM
The weather keeps some of the riffraff OUT of ND. Unfortunately, not quite enough to take our rate down to zero.
Posted by: mrn at January 3, 2009 10:11 AM
Weather and gun related crime rates?
Could this be another reason to lend credibility to the "fight" against "Gore-bull Warmism"?
Increases in CO2 obviously has a corresponding effect on gun ownership, which obviously has a corresponding effect on crime... etc, etc, etc, yada, yada, yada...
See... it's the warm climes which makes people cranky and willing to resort to violence.
And the big problem is, all those guns being imported from the peaceful people in the cold climes by those irrational people living in the warm climes must be stopped!
Stopped! I tell ya!! There oughta be a law!!!
Posted by: CDR D at January 3, 2009 04:52 PM
Great job Dave! It's math so simple even sniveling Beltway wannabees can understand.
Posted by: Guy J. Sagi at January 6, 2009 05:14 PM