So you have a whole state with less people than Dallas, and virtually all of them live in rural areas, and the state is 94% white. They would have a low crime rate if they had no guns.
The point was more that the people with influence in this country would have everyone believe that an inanimate object is responsible for crime and death as opposed to the operator of said object.
The Brady Campaign maintains that North Dakota has piss-poor gun laws. They give it 4/100 "points" and rank it 44/50 (tied with a few others). No doubt, they would love to step in a regulate the shit out of any and all firearms in that state.
But when said state has ZERO gun murders... well, it makes me wonder what makes people buy into the crap they continually spew forth.
They do not take population density or firearms per capita into account when they loathe responsible gun owners, so I don't really care to nit-pick every detail when I say that Sarah Brady can suck my ass.
Number of guns
Originally Posted by White trash wagon
North Dakota has a population of 642,000, and if 50% of the population own a gun.....that's 321,000 guns, not "millions".
The actual number of guns reported in our survey varied depending on how the question was asked and who answered the question. Individual firearm owners (n = 702) reported owning an average of 6.6 (95% confidence interval (CI) 5.2 to 7.9, median 3) working firearms. On further examination, it seemed that individuals who owned >=4 firearms (with an average of 12 firearms per person) were greatly affecting the mean. When outliers representing the top 3% of gun owners (those owning >25 guns) were removed, the average number of working firearms per owner was 5.0 (95% CI 4.6 to 5.4)
(The US gun stock: results from the 2004 national firearms survey)
50.7% * 642,000 * 5 (Brady Campaign claims 6.9) = at least 1,627,470
And just for fun here are some correlations between the Brady Campaigns "rankings" and actual crime rates:
It’s that time of year where The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership issues its grades. I like to call it a Freedom Index, only its grading system is backwards. Nemerov spanks their grading system pretty hard:
Brady comes out each year with their report card, which analyzes a set of gun-law criteria and arrives at a grade from “A” through “F.” As noted in a previous paper, there is a strong correlation between lower grades and right-to-carry (RTC) status, with shall-issue states regularly assigned “D” and “F” grades.2 Brady graded South Carolina “D+” in 2005, because guns are too freely available, as per Helmke’s statement above.
Since 2001, RTC states, where more people carry guns in public, consistently average a “D”. Brady continues to be unhappy with the country’s direction regarding gun control: between 2001 and 2005, RTC states increased from 32 to 38 and Brady downgrade the U.S. average from “C-” to a “D+.” Their response is curious, since the national violent crime rate fell 7.0% during this time frame.
Even worse for Brady, violent crime trends are not spread equally across all states. RTC states (average Brady grade “D”) saw an aggregate 7.8% drop in violent crime, while non-RTC states (average Brady grade “B”) saw a 5.2% decrease. Even when Brady grades synchronize with violent crime trends, it fails to give an accurate picture: Brady dropped the national average grade from “C-” to “D+” in 2005, the same year that the violent crime rate increased 1.3%. This would seem to make sense, as a lower grade is supposed to reflect less safety for citizens. Unfortunately for Brady, most of that increase occurred in non-RTC states, which saw an aggregate increase of 2.8%, while RTC states increased 0.6%. Using Brady’s criteria of grading each state as an equivalent entity, non-RTC states averaged a 5.6% increase in violent crime, while RTC states averaged a 0.6% increase. Since 2001, the violent crime differential between RTC and non-RTC states increased from 26.0% to 27.5%, meaning that RTC states are becoming relatively more law-abiding compared to non-RTC states.3
There’s also the fact that two of Brady’s A students (Mass. and Illinois) recently experienced mass shootings. Since Brady cannot offer solutions, they offer condolences. You guys gave them an A.