Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Brady Campaign (Handgun Control, Inc.)<BR> 2003 "Report Card" Again Gives Higher "Grades" <BR>To States With Higher Violent Crime Rates

Saturday, January 24, 2004

More Ridiculous With Each Year That Passes
Brady Campaign (Handgun Control, Inc.)
"Awards" Latest "Grades" for State "Gun Control" Laws

Every year since 1997, the group has "graded" the states on their gun laws. It released its 2003 grades on Jan. 8, 2004. Since Brady`s pretense with the grades is that there aren`t enough "gun control" laws, it ignores the fact that federal gun laws apply in every state.

Brady`s rhetoric about crime, and about firearm-related deaths among "children" (which the group defines to include not only children, but also juveniles and young adults through the age of 19), is only for show. As indicated in the table below, there is no correlation between Brady`s grades and those issues. Brady`s approach is simple. It is a gun-prohibition group, it wants gun prohibition laws and those that inch closer to gun prohibition, and it gives out its "grades" on solely that basis.

Brady gives 31 states an "F" or a "D" for having too little "gun control" (including low-crime states like Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming). But less gun control coincides with less crime. Since 1991, the number of guns in America has risen by more than 60 million, the number of Right-to-Carry states has risen from 17 to 37, and the violent crime rate has decreased every year, 35% overall, to a 27-year low (FBI).

Brady also demonstrates either a fundamental misunderstanding about the American system of government, or contempt for it. For states that have "shall issue" Right-to-Carry laws, that provide for carry permits to be issued to applicants who meet uniform statewide standards established by the legislature and signed into law by the state`s governor, Brady says that the state "forces police to let people carry hidden handguns in public." (Emphasis added.) Perhaps Brady would prefer a state in which the police make the laws (by definition, a "police state"), but police officers and nearly everyone else in America would oppose such a scheme.

Finally, in the midst of its state-level gun laws grading gimmick, Brady claims "crime could rise" after the federal "assault weapons" ban expires in September. The ban has no effect on crime, of course. A study for Congress, follow-up studies, police reports, and felon surveys have all shown that the guns are used in only a fraction of violent crime. Moreover, there is nothing functionally different between those guns and millions of other guns. And the ban, after all, bans only gun attachments, like angled grips, adjustable stocks, and flash suppressors, which have nothing to do with crime.

There is no correlation between Brady grades (thus, "gun control") and either state violent crime rates or firearm-related death rates (incidents per 100,000 pop.) among persons ages 0-19. In the table below, the data are the most recent available: crime, 2002 (FBI); firearm-related death, 2001 (National Center for Health Statistics). For consistency with the data, Brady`s 2002 grades are used. They are almost identical to its 2003 grades.

Ages 0-19

Ages 0-19

Violent

Total

Firearm

Brady

Crime

Murder

Firearm

Accident

2002

"Grade"

Rate

Rate

Death Rate

Death Rate

Maryland

A

769.8

9.4

5.4

0.13

California

A-

593.4

6.8

3.7

0.14

Connecticut

A-

311.1

2.3

1.7

0.00

Hawaii

A-

262.0

1.9

1.5

0.00

Massachusetts

A-

484.4

2.7

1.5

0.06

New Jersey

A-

374.5

3.9

1.1

0.04

Illinois

B+

620.7

7.5

4.9

0.17

New York

B+

496.0

4.7

2.6

0.12

Nebraska

B-

313.9

2.8

3.8

0.20

Rhode Island

B-

285.2

3.8

2.2

0.00

Iowa

C+

285.6

1.5

3.4

0.25

Kansas

C+

376.6

2.9

4.7

0.38

Minnesota

C+

267.5

2.2

2.6

0.00

Wisconsin

C+

224.9

2.8

4.0

0.46

Delaware

C

599.0

3.2

1.9

0.00

Missouri

C

538.7

5.8

5.9

0.25

North Carolina

C

470.2

6.6

3.8

0.31

Colorado

C-

352.4

4.0

4.2

0.24

Oregon

C-

292.4

2.0

1.8

0.11

South Carolina

C-

822.0

7.3

3.9

0.54

Virginia

C-

291.4

5.3

4.0

0.15

Florida

D+

770.2

5.5

2.7

0.12

Michigan

D+

540.3

6.7

3.7

0.14

New Hampshire

D+

161.2

0.9

2.3

0.00

New Mexico

D+

739.5

8.2

4.8

0.36

Ohio

D+

351.3

4.6

2.7

0.19

Pennsylvania

D+

401.9

5.1

3.2

0.19

Tennessee

D+

716.9

7.2

4.2

0.45

Washington

D+

345.4

3.0

2.3

0.06

Arizona

D

552.9

7.1

5.1

0.38

Arkansas

D

424.4

5.2

4.2

0.66

Georgia

D

458.8

7.1

4.5

0.28

Nevada

D

637.5

8.3

5.0

0.00

North Dakota

D

78.2

0.8

1.2

0.00

South Dakota

D

177.4

1.4

3.6

0.00

West Virginia

D

234.3

3.2

2.9

0.68

Alaska

D-

563.4

5.1

9.0

0.47

Indiana

D-

357.2

5.9

3.3

0.28

Oklahoma

D-

503.4

4.7

4.3

0.71

Texas

D-

578.6

6.0

3.6

0.22

Utah

D-

236.9

2.0

3.5

0.00

Vermont

D-

106.7

2.1

1.9

0.00

Idaho

F+

254.9

2.7

6.3

1.20

Alabama

F

444.2

6.8

5.2

0.64

Kentucky

F

279.0

4.5

3.2

0.65

Louisiana

F

662.3

13.2

7.1

0.45

Maine

F

107.8

1.1

1.6

0.00

Mississippi

F

343.3

9.2

4.1

0.58

Montana

F

351.5

1.8

5.2

0.40

Wyoming

F

273.5

3.0

6.4

0.00

TRENDING NOW
Anti-gun Politicians Seek to Tax Your Second Amendment Rights Into Oblivion

News  

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Anti-gun Politicians Seek to Tax Your Second Amendment Rights Into Oblivion

In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court famously wrote:  “the power to tax involves the power to destroy ….”

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Gun Control May be Wasting Away, But Not Because of COVID

News  

Monday, October 19, 2020

Gun Control May be Wasting Away, But Not Because of COVID

A recent article on a gun control news site laments that the COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted ballot initiatives to expand gun bans and restrictions. Initiatives in Florida, Oklahoma, Ohio and Oregon have stalled, allegedly due to the ...

Joe Biden Told Voters the Second Amendment DOES NOT Protect an Individual Right

News  

Monday, September 21, 2020

Joe Biden Told Voters the Second Amendment DOES NOT Protect an Individual Right

During a September 2019 “townhall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and ...

NRA Victory in Washington

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

NRA Victory in Washington

It’s rare that gun owners have something to celebrate in the Emerald City. But on Monday, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an NRA suit on behalf of Seattle gun owners. 

Anti-Gun Organization Prepared to Launch National Group of Gun Owners Who Apparently Don’t Like Guns

News  

Monday, October 19, 2020

Anti-Gun Organization Prepared to Launch National Group of Gun Owners Who Apparently Don’t Like Guns

Yes, that title doesn’t make much sense, but neither does a group that promotes banning firearms starting a national organization called Gun Owners for Safety. Nonetheless, The Hill recently reported that the anti-gun group Giffords is doing just ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Law Professors Make Case for Second Amendment Rights in Uncertain Times

News  

Monday, October 19, 2020

Law Professors Make Case for Second Amendment Rights in Uncertain Times

Americans have made clear that they value their Second Amendment rights, especially during uncertain times. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and then widespread civil unrest, Americans have bought firearms in record numbers. Through September, the FBI ...

Gun Controllers Try to Hide Joe Biden’s Anti-gun Extremism

News  

Monday, September 14, 2020

Gun Controllers Try to Hide Joe Biden’s Anti-gun Extremism

With Fall 2020 upon us it is time again for gun control advocates’ quadrennial tradition – dishonestly attempting to convince voters that a brazenly anti-gun presidential ticket does not pose a threat to gun owners. ...

2020 Democratic Party Platform Declares Total War on Second Amendment Rights

News  

Monday, August 3, 2020

2020 Democratic Party Platform Declares Total War on Second Amendment Rights

The national Democratic Party is no longer making any attempt to hide their antipathy towards guns and gun owners. Where once the party attempted to tailor their anti-gun messaging to appear moderate and appeal to ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.