The Best and Worst States for Gun Control: Restricting 2nd Amendment Would Not Decrease Violent Crime

  • Idaho tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 200.9 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 6th best in the country.
  • Kentucky tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 238.2 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 10th best in the country.
  • Louisiana tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 553.3 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 7th worst in the country.
  • Montana tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 267.5 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 17th best in the country.
  • Maryland was rated 'seventh best' by the Brady campaign, with a score of 45. The state's violent crime rate of 494.1 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 9th worst in the country.
  • Hawaii was rated 'sixth best' by the Brady campaign, with a score of 50. The state's violent crime rate of 287.2 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 18th best in the country.
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  • Utah tied for 'the worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 0. The state's violent crime rate of 195.0 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 4th best in the country.
  • Oklahoma tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 454.8 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 11th worst in the country.
  • New York was rated 'fourth best' by the Brady campaign, with a score of 62. The state's violent crime rate of 398.1 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 20th worst in the country.
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  • North Dakota tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 247.0 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 11th best in the country.
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  • Massachusetts was rated 'third best' by the Brady campaign, with a score of 65. The state's violent crime rate of 428.4 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 15th worst in the country.
  • California was rated "the best" by the Brady campaign, with a score of 81. The state's violent crime rate of 411 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 17th worst in the country, according to the FBI.
  • Florida tied for 'second worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 2. The state's violent crime rate of 454.8 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 11th worst in the country.
  • Connecticut was rated 'fifth best' by the Brady campaign, with a score of 58. The state's violent crime rate of 272.8 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 19th best in the country.
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  • Arizona was tied for 'the worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 0. The state's violent crime rate of 405.9 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 19th worst in the country.
  • The Brady Campaign's gun control scorecard.
  • Alaska tied for 'the worst' according to the Brady campaign, with a score of 0. The state's violent crime rate of 606.5 per 100,000 inhabitants is rated 2nd worst in the country.

The Brady Campaign released their “scorecard” for gun control laws, which means that the organization views more gun control as better and less gun control as worst. The scorecard was based on 2011 data.

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The state by state picture shows that there is no statistically significant correlation between the existence of gun control laws and violent crime rates. (The rates per 100,000 are based on the FBI’s estimated number of offenses.)

In addition, many of the nations with the strongest anti-gun laws have higher violent crime rates than those that do not. Thus, there is no rational reason to infringe on the Second Amendment. (It should be noted that this would require Constitutional amendment.)

As John Lott and Bill Landes point out in published research (2000): “National polls showing that people use guns defensively against criminal attacks in the range of 1.5 to 3.5 million times per year.”

Several states have relaxed concealed carry laws in the last few decades, and 49 states (except transitioning Illinois) have some kind of concealed carry permit. The overall U.S. violent crime rate has plunged 70% in the last 20 years.

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