Arizona and the deadliest gun states: Michigan isn’t top 10!

January 12, 2011
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You’re five times more likely to die from a gun in Arizona than you are in Hawaii, the Daily Beast reports.  I can believe it, mister. I’ve lived in Arizona and it can be a frightening place to call home, especially Phoenix, a city teeming with pistol-wielding felons, meth heads,  hillbillys, and NRA, Joe-Arpaio-adoring mooks.

I’ve never owned a gun. Hate ‘em, in fact. But I did shoot a machine gun once out in the desert with some meth maniac on disability for injuries incurred at a nuke plant.  He’d stop in the middle of cutting a saguaro in half to repack his nose and then he’d yell “FUUUUUCK!” straight up to the sky, refocus his aim and continue killing things. Most his guns were absolutely legal. It’s Arizona!

I’ve had pistols pointed at my skull numerous times in Phoenix.  For what? Weighing in at scarecrow-ready 125 pounds? It’s happened in the street, at a convenience store, outside a club, in a car, at someone’s house and while strolling down the street at night. Pretty lucky to be alive. Yeah, guns scare the shit outta me, almost as much as the gimps who legally get their hands on them. Now I live in the city of Detroit (not the suburbs)  and I can honestly say that I’m much safer here than I ever was there.

Nine-year-old Christina Greene and her family, cousins, uncles and siblings can’t say they were safe. Miss Greene will never be able to perfect her ballerina moves. She’ll never again taste Girl Scout cookies. She’ll never develop crushes on boys. And her family’s blown apart. What about them? What about the other innocents gunned down? What about Arizona Congresswoman Giffords, that rising star of a political force who took the  bullet through the head? I”m told by a pal of mine who happens to be her friend and neighbor that she’s an incredibly intelligent woman, kind and generous to those around her.  He said Giffords just breathes compassion.

Christ.

About any moron can get a gun in Arizona. The state apparently likes it like that. Jared Loughner is an emotional gimp, and he purchased a gun. And Tucson is that state’s liberal stronghold.

Well the Daily Beast reports in its “Deadliest Gun States“  survey that Arizona is ranked No. 2 of 50 states with its annual number of  gun deaths; 15 per 100,000 people. Of course Arizona has the country’s most permissive gun laws.  Michigan ranks 24th on the list with 10.9 deaths per 100,000 folks. We have the 39th most permissive gun laws of the 50 states.  Mississippi hits N0. 1, 18.3 deaths per 100,000 and the 4th most permissive gun laws.

The Beast measured gun deaths per capita in each state, “using the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” which accounted for 75 percent of the stats. The other 25 percent was “derived from the Legal Community Against Violence’s state-by-state comparison of firearm laws, which ranks all 50 states by their relative severity, incorporating everything from policies on mental-health background checks to whether loaded guns are allowed in bars.”

Here are the top 24 deadliest states gun states:

1. Mississippi
Gun deaths per 100,000: 18.3
Permissive gun laws: 4th out of 50

2. Arizona
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 1st out of 50

3. Alaska
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6
Permissive gun laws: 11th out of 50

4. Arkansas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15.1
Permissive gun laws: 7th out of 50

5. Louisiana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 19.9
Permissive gun laws: 23rd out of 50

6. New Mexico
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 6th out of 50

7. Alabama
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6
Permissive gun laws: 27th out of 50

8. Nevada
Gun deaths per 100,000: 16.2
Permissive gun laws: 22nd out of 50

9. Montana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5
Permissive gun laws: 10th out of 50

10. Wyoming
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5
Permissive gun laws: 8th out of 50

11. Kentucky
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.4
Permissive gun laws: 5th out of 50

12. West Virginia
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.8
Permissive gun laws: 25th out of 50

13. Tennessee
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 31st out of 50

14. Oklahoma
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.4
Permissive gun laws: 17th out of 50

15. Idaho
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.5
Permissive gun laws: 2nd out of 50

16. Georgia
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.1
Permissive gun laws: 13th out of 50

17. Missouri
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.9
Permissive gun laws: 12th out of 50

18. South Carolina
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.4
Permissive gun laws: 20th out of 50

19. North Carolina
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.3
Permissive gun laws: 28th out of 50

20. Florida
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.5
Permissive gun laws: 41st out of 50

21. Kansas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.5
Permissive gun laws: 14th out of 50

22. Indiana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.6
Permissive gun laws: 21st out of 50

23. Texas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.7
Permissive gun laws: 32nd out of 50

24. Michigan
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.9
Permissive gun laws: 39th out of 50

#1, Mississippi
Gun deaths per 100,000: 18.3
Permissive gun laws: 4th out of 50

#2, Arizona
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 1st out of 50

#3, Alaska
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6
Permissive gun laws: 11th out of 50

#4, Arkansas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15.1
Permissive gun laws: 7th out of 50

#5, Louisiana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 19.9
Permissive gun laws: 23rd out of 50

#6, New Mexico
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 6th out of 50

#7, Alabama
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6
Permissive gun laws: 27th out of 50

#8, Nevada
Gun deaths per 100,000: 16.2
Permissive gun laws: 22nd out of 50

#9, Montana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5
Permissive gun laws: 10th out of 50

#10, Wyoming
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5
Permissive gun laws: 8th out of 50

#11, Kentucky
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.4
Permissive gun laws: 5th out of 50

#12, West Virginia
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.8
Permissive gun laws: 25th out of 50

#13, Tennessee
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 31st out of 50

#14, Oklahoma
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.4
Permissive gun laws: 17th out of 50

#15, Idaho
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.5
Permissive gun laws: 2nd out of 50

#16, Georgia
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.1
Permissive gun laws: 13th out of 50

#17, Missouri
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.9
Permissive gun laws: 12th out of 50

#18, South Carolina
Gun deaths per 100,000: 13.4
Permissive gun laws: 20th out of 50

#19, North Carolina
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.3
Permissive gun laws: 28th out of 50

#20, Florida
Gun deaths per 100,000: 12.5
Permissive gun laws: 41st out of 50

#21, Kansas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.5
Permissive gun laws: 14th out of 50

#22, Indiana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.6
Permissive gun laws: 21st out of 50

#23, Texas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.7
Permissive gun laws: 32nd out of 50

#24, Michigan
Gun deaths per 100,000: 10.9
Permissive gun laws: 39th out of 50

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  • Drtaters

    By your statistics there is no correlation of gun law permissiveness vs. gun death rate. Maybe you should have looked at drinking age or auto fatalities for more convincing correlations. How about baseball bats. Is anyone really safe as long as anybody can buy a baseball bat. Those things can really mess you up.

  • gymmy

    18.3 deaths per 100,000 people, and you’re whining about guns? LOL Try looking into car related deaths…those things scare the crap out of me!

  • http://profiles.google.com/kranoth Bryan West

    Your data shows one thing and one thing only:  Gun Law has NOTHING to do with Gun Deaths. “Criminals” break the law. That’s why we call them criminals.

    18.9 people in 100,000?  Wow. I had no idea so much money was WASTED by the anti-gun lobby.  Doesn’t the prove to you that they just want to kill the second amendment? They spend sooooooooooo much time and money to stop 189 deaths per Million People…. because they care about life? Obviously not. They could have given away all that money in Health Care.

    This is not a conspiracy theory. They want your gun so they can own you and you can’t fight back. It seems only the evil and oppressive have learned from history. Wake up, Mr. Brian Smith. Write an article about how the revolution in 1777 would have failed if we didn’t have guns. Now THAT ought to scare the heck out of you.

  • CrakaG

    Guns dont kill people people kill people
    Why we gotta pay far criminals mistakes
    We love guns vuz we think there cool
    But we dont go around shootin people

  • Dean

    Personally i wouldn’t allow you to own guns, why where you hanging out with a meth head? Let alone in a desert with a machine gun. I am a gun owner and i have the utmost respect for my rights as a legal gun owner and carrier.

  • snowcom

    This article was a complete waste of time to read. First of all, how can Mississippi rank #1 with 18.3 100,000 yet Louisiana has 19.9100,000. Look over the stats Meth head.
    Second of all, Im guessing that the “machine gun” you speak of was probably a semi-auto that fires bullets at the same rate of an early American double action revolver.