Friday, May 6, 2011

Paul Helmke: There is no correlation between gun laws and gun death rates.

At least that's what he should have said.

via HuffPo
California topped the Brady Campaign State Scorecard, earning 80 of 100 points for its strong efforts to protect its citizens from gun violence. It also has one of the lowest gun-related death rates - 33rd in the nation - according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Translation: There are 17 states that manage to have a lower rate of gun-related deaths without the oppressive, nonsensical gun laws of California. Need a visualization? Look here.

Paul also laments that one of the guys in this picture was hired by the NRA:
In yet another sign of how out of touch it is with how people interact in a civilized society, the National Rifle Association is apparently so wrapped up in its paranoid view of the world that it planted an undercover cameraman at our news conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday when the Brady Campaign released its annual Scorecard of State gun laws that can help reduce gun violence.

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