Arizona Ranked Fourth in the Nation! (For "Highest Levels of Gun Violence")

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Only three other states in the U.S. of A. have higher "levels of gun violence" than Arizona, according to one report.

Although magazines like Guns & Ammo congratulate Arizona for being "the best" state for gun owners -- despite the fact that the magazine's former editor shot and killed a man in Arizona less than a year ago -- the Center for American Progress says that's a bad thing.

See also:
-Arizona's the Best State for Gun Owners, Says Magazine Formerly Run by Man Who Shot and Killed Neighbor in Arizona
-'Til Death Do Us Part: Arizona's Dangerous Love Affair with Guns

The organization, a left-wing think tank based in Washington, D.C., used 10 different stats to measure "gun violence," which led to the states' rankings.

And if there's good news, it's that Arizona's only the 11th-worst state for gun deaths. (The 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010 is still higher than the national average of 10.3 gun deaths for every 100,000 people that year.)

"From 2001 through 2010, 3,303 people were murdered by guns in Arizona," according to the Arizona-specific fact sheet. "That number is almost double all U.S. combat deaths in the Afghanistan war."

If you follow President Obama on the Twitter, you may have seen that fact earlier today (which should also clear up what the purpose of this report is).

The report says someone is murdered "by a gun" in Arizona "almost every single day."

The report cites 217 homicides by gun in 2010, which is, like, a little more than every business day, but over 10 years (3,303 murders), the numbers almost add up.

Arizona also ranked eighth in the nation for men killing women, and 13th in women being killed by guns in general.

If you want to check out the entire report, including methodology and all that jazz, click here.

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the_radicalone
the_radicalone

Gerd bless Merca! Ya im a mercan man and i shoot meh gern because im a proud mercan! Yeehaw!

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

It's the way of thinking in Arizona anymore, seems like that's the first thing that comes up..How does Jeffery know who is shooting who??

Avery Marx
Avery Marx

So? This means nothing. How many of these homicides were committed by criminals who should not have had a firearm in the first place? If youre going to use these statistics as fodder to support your anti-gun argument, look elsewhere. 3000+ homicides were not committed by gun nuts or pro gun supporters. If those numbers are included, it must be a fraction.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

And Corey Lee doesn't want to make it harder for people to kill each other.

jcommonsawachi
jcommonsawachi

4th in gun violence and only 11th in gun deaths?  Clearly Arizonans need to spend a lot more time at the practice range.

jcommonsawachi
jcommonsawachi

4th in gun violence and only 11th in gun deaths?  Clearly Arizonans need to spend a lot more time at the practice range.

David Corpus
David Corpus

Gun suicide and Police shooting statistics need to be broken off into their own categories. They speak volumes about AZ individually, and the statistic of "violent" gun use other than Suicide/PD would also speak for itself.

Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE!! (Ignorant Arizonans kill people) in all fairness when they kill each other (JT Ready) they don't count for much anyway

Zac Brandt
Zac Brandt

Suicide isn't violence. As long as you mention what percentage of deaths are suicides, there isn't an issue. If, however, you try to include suicides in the death total, without calling attention to the amount of suicides, then you are being dishonest.

Harry Berzes
Harry Berzes

500+ homicides in Chicago last year, yeah it's got to be much safer there. Guess I'll move tomorrow. NOT

Kelsey McDonald
Kelsey McDonald

People may kill people, but open access to guns makes it much easier. And yes, I think gun related suicides should be included in that statistic. Gun based suicide attempts are often "successful," where other methods tend to be easier to intervene. No matter who pulled the trigger, a gun was still the cause of death.

Corey Lee Busboom
Corey Lee Busboom

GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE , GET IT RIGHT !!!!!, , getting rid of guns with now stop Murder. people have been killing People long before we had guns.

Terrie De Santa
Terrie De Santa

I am from Arizona. I have seen the gun laws change. And not for the better. People can go anywhere with a gun now, and they don't even have to show it. We see children on a regular basis being shoot by a "family" gun! Enough is enough!

Carlos Andrés
Carlos Andrés

Wonder where Illinois ranks on this, I know they have had a lot of gang violence lately in Chcago..

Walt Creed
Walt Creed

Unless the suicide is not committed with a gun it is absolutely appropriate.

Jeffrey Wade
Jeffrey Wade

Close the borders and get rid of the illegals and I'm sure we'll see that number drop dramatically.

Scott Liddle
Scott Liddle

It's way appropriate...person wouldn't be dead without that damn gun!

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Just take a look at the shootings in Arizona.  Majority are black vs black, brown vs brown, black vs brown.  So do you really think the TeaPublican legislators in Arizona are concerned about these killings?  Bahahahaha!    What those kind of people do where they live is really no concern to us...as long as they keep it out of the area where we work and live.   And you can call me a racist or whatever you want....but you know darn well what I said is true.   You know I am RIGHT!  

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

How many of our neighbors to the south will be killed w/ firearms from Fast&Furious ? RIP Brian Terry.

tampfamp
tampfamp

Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me dude.


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teknik
teknik topcommenter

how can this be? the rit wingers keep telling me that places with the toughest gun laws have the most violent crime and states with the loosest gun laws have the least crime because the criminals don't know if you have a gun making then scared to commit crimes?

*head explodes*

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Jodi Arias is accused of killing Travis Alexander by stabbing him to death prior to shooting him.  Ian MacDonald is accused of killing a bouncer at a bar by stabbing him to death.  While gun violence is bad, it is only a symptom of a broader issue of a violent society in which people are behaving badly.  I continue to believe that this is a behavior issue and not a gun issue.  If we can change behavior we can change the gun violence statistics.  While we might be able to reduce gun deaths around the edges by tightening gun regulations, only by changing behavior will we truly reduce gun deaths in a meaningful and impactful way.

valleynative
valleynative

That study is a really fascinating study in creative cherry-picking.  It must have taken quite some work to come up with 10 "indicators" that would combine together to prove the point they set out to make.

Notice the overlap between the different categories:

1. Overall firearm deaths in 2010
2. Overall firearm deaths from 2001 through 2010
3. Firearm homicides in 2010
4. Firearm suicides in 2010
5. Firearm homicides among women from 2001 through 2010
6. Firearm deaths among children ages 0 to 17, from 2001 through 2010
7. Law-enforcement agents feloniously killed with a firearm from 2002 through 2011
8. Aggravated assaults with a firearm in 2011
9. Crime-gun export rates in 2009
10. Percentage of crime guns with a short “time to crime” in 2009

Notice that individual crimes in 2010 could be counted up to 7 times.  That's a clue.

If, instead you look at percapita firearm deaths per state, you find that several states with strict gun control laws are much more dangerous than Arizona.

sarum
sarum

@Terrie De Santa Used to see lots of guns out in the open.  Used to see drinking and driving with a gun.  Used to see gun racks on pick-ups.  Don't see it anymore and now crime is up.

cassityg32
cassityg32

@JohnQ.Public Pronlem being that there are many behaviors that simply CANNOT be changed (or not without taking medications routenly). There is a HUGE percentage of those who don't believe or know they have a problem, refuse medications and/or do not take them correctly (SAME dose, SAME time every day without letting their meds run out) or for those without insurance who cannot afford to see a doctor. Because of this "changing" behaviors is something that sounds great but will never happen, it's unrealistic. Granted gun violence will never disappear but gun control is a MUCH more realistic & atainable route to reducing this problem.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Looking at trends on a per capita basis and not a total or aggregate basis is a much more representative way of viewing the issue.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative No different than the way the NRA cherry-picks the criteria and data for its studies.  Each side is guilty of it to try and prove their point while ignoring the real issues.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@cassityg32 I'm not talking about just mental illness.  I'm talking about shows like Law and Order that treat homicide as nothing but a throw-away story line.  I'm talking about violent video games.  I'm talking about marketing campaigns to reinforce the idea that there is a way to solve problems and conflict without violence.  I'm talking about changing the conditions that lead to those behaviors and violence.  While the high profile Jared Laughners and James Holmes of the world may be mentally ill, most violence is not committed by mentally ill individuals and therefore not dependent on mental health treatment.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative It's much more complicated than that, as you well know.  The NRA's income is derived from numerous sources, including donations (separate from membership dues), sponsorships, affinity marketing revenue, etc., etc.  The NRA has 4 separate charities such as the NRA Foundation that are separate entities that also receives significant separate donations and, in some cases, makes grants right back to the NRA itself.  The NRA affiliated company Memberdrive acts as a broker for affinity marketing and funnels those funds back to the NRA.  So you know as well as I do that it is a lot more compicated than the way you've portrayed it and the gun industry contributes a significant portion of the $210-$220 million that the NRA counst as annual revenue.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@JohnQ.Public @azcumsquelcher Even if what you said was true, I'm talking about the end goals of their lobbying, not their source of funding. And yes, my freedom to own/possess/use firearms happens to coincide with their interest in preserving the market for these weapons. I have no problem with where the money comes from and the fact that they are protecting the guns & ammunition industry is reason enough for me to support them

valleynative
valleynative

@JohnQ.Public  You've been listening to lies about the NRA.  The NRA publishes their balance sheet and tax return.  Members contributed $100 million in 2010, while the most any gun company contributed was 2 million. All together, the gun companies provide just about half the funding.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@azcumsquelcher The NRA is cherry-picking facts to support gun manufacturer profits.  If that coincidentally happens to intersect with what you perceive to be your rights (which we can debate as well) then that's just a happy accident.  The NRA has nothing to do with rights and everything to do with profits for those who fund it - the gun industry.  If you believe otherwise you are delusional.

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