‘States with Weak Gun Laws, Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths,’ says Anti-Gun Report

The Violence Policy Center (VPC), an anti-gun think tank, released a report Friday that claims states with permissive gun laws and widespread gun ownership have more firearm related deaths than states with restrictive gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership.

The VPC came to this conclusion after analyzing (err manipulating) 2013 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

To see where your state landed on the list, check out this link: http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart15.htm.

The Violence Policy Center's top five in each category.  (Photo: VPC)

The Violence Policy Center’s top five in each category. (Photo: VPC)

“Reducing exposure to firearms and having stronger gun laws saves lives,” VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand said in the press release. “Each year, the data consistently show that states with strong gun violence prevention laws and low rates of gun ownership have the lowest gun death rates in the nation. The highest gun death rates are in states with weak gun violence prevention laws and easy access to guns.”

“This report should be a wake-up call to state legislators,” added Cathie Whittenburg, communications director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. “There is no higher priority for elected officials than enacting laws that keep families safe from death and injury.”

Yeah, so this is exactly what you think it is.  A bunch of B.S.!

The VPC creates these overgeneralized reports about gun deaths to justify its mission of disarming America, plain and simple.  I’m not going to dig into the report all that much because, well, because I’m sure John Lott Jr.’s team at the Crime Prevention Research Center is drafting a rebuttal right now, which saves me a ton of time and energy. 

I will, however, say that a report that fails to account for the number of Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs), instances where good guys use guns to prevent the commission of a crime, or differentiate between the various gun deaths related to suicide, justifiable homicide or drug, gang-related crime is flawed.  It paints an incomplete picture and gives the public the wrong idea about gun control and gun ownership.  It reinforces the notion that a defenseless society is a safe society.  But again, that’s purpose of this report.  To mislead the masses.

Another genius claim from the VPC:

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Tyler Luke October 13, 2017, 5:38 pm


  • mike ehrig January 13, 2017, 7:18 pm

    am i really supposed to believe this??????????

  • Oliver December 23, 2016, 8:25 am

    More telling are the stats per capita by city, the demographics of those cities, and crime rates by area in those cities. Then, using the same parameters, check gun ownership. Explains much regarding how some states get listed here. Also, turns the VPC conclusion on its head.

  • William Butler November 5, 2016, 7:52 am

    I’m dissapointed that the author did not take the time to compile a rebuttal chart. I.e., a chat that is minus the incidents that are mentioned that skew it in favor of Tha anti gun folks.
    Also, I’m a gun person, and my gun safes are nicely filled, and I have ample guns to support my hobby. And I take exception with Tha authors statement that people surveyed would deny that they own guns – Everyone I know whom surely very eagerly state that they own guns.
    If we expect to be taken seriously, we must be accurate and professional, not look like a bunch of freaks that are so desperate that we care a lot about guns and little about integrity. . .

    • Tired of the Fudds September 12, 2017, 11:41 am

      Speak for yourself, dumbass.

      My guns are no one else’s business. Certainly not any business of some anonymous alleged poll-taker who calls me up out of the blue and asks if I own a gun.

      You confuse buying a toy with having the intelligence to grasp that those who speak ill of us wish to do us harm.

      Or do you have enough “integrity” to tell the first stranger to dial your phone number how many sex toys, Krugerrands and bottle of prescription painkillers you have in your house?

  • Capt Oveur May 27, 2016, 9:34 am

    These “studies” lump in justified shootings, often including those by police, to mask the fact gun ownership decreases murder rates (think Chicago or DC as microcosm examples of why this is BS). Being from Alaska it is hardly like Chicago although the other statistical boost comes from gun suicides…for which the rate is higher than the national average last time I read about it

  • Robert Alexander May 27, 2016, 3:32 am

    I’m more interested in the murder rate than some BS count of “gun deaths”.

    • Sam June 17, 2016, 10:07 am

      Just wanted to be on record as supporting Robert’s comment. Given today’s enforcement discretion, though, I worry that any single word can mean anything to “prove” a point, or move an agenda.

  • DG May 13, 2016, 7:47 am

    It’s the same lies they make up all the time to try an push their anti law abiding citizen gun control schemes…

    According to the FBI and other law enforcement crime stats (the way it really is); States with the least gun control and little or no restrictions have the lowest crime rates!
    States with the strictest gun control have the highest crime rates. Not to mention the highest death numbers from criminals using illegal firearms.

    Let’s face it, gun control only restricts Law Abiding Citizens. Criminals are illegally armed and use them for evil purposes. Seems to be they are left alone so they can raise crime rates where guns are involved.

    All I can say is don’t fall for at of the anti gun rhetoric. If they say it, it’s most likely a made up lie. At the least, twisted or reversed facts.

  • JR May 2, 2016, 9:57 am

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the VPC’s video. Population has grown dramatically between 1977 and 2010 AND with the current administration, I’m betting the farm that many, many of the respondents called denied having a firearm in their home. If I’m correct, most likely it’s due to their unwillingness to have a target painted on their home for the feared gun confiscation assault. Certainly personal privacy reasons would keep me from admitting ownership to a VPC surveyor. I like the “noneya” answer: None of your darn business!

    • Cam May 20, 2016, 12:39 pm

      What?!?! You mean you don’t want to tell some random blocked number called that you have a gun!!!! That’s crazy, America is so safe you can leave your keys in your car, you don’t need to lock your door and Identity theft is a fictional show on fox.
      It’s just crazy to believe anyone should tell a stranger on the phone that they have a gun. Lmao
      But seriously I do answer phone call from block number and stuff that says public interest and public opinion but I waste there time and blow their stats because I lie about everything from age, education, race, party affiliation. And I’m not consistent with my info, just like warranty cards that want way too much info. I’m 18to 24, i’m 55-65 or somewhere in between I’m a high school drop out to a Ph.D.. I hope the have fun running my stats info hoarders. I’m interested in nothing or everything.
      Disinformation can be fun!

    • mike ehrig September 28, 2016, 7:40 pm

      when asked…..no, i do not have a gun in my house!
      ive been asked by the v.a., my personal physician, and my neighbor. the neighbor is the only one that knows the truth and we have agreed to keep an eye on each others property.

    • Barack November 4, 2016, 4:08 am

      My first thought was how many people would admit they have a gun in there home on a survey or census.

  • Mitch February 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

    I personally don’t give a rats ass if the number of gun-owning households is declining. The important thing to me is that by and large, conservatives own guns and liberals do not. That means when some future catastrophic circumstance begins to violently wipe out Americans, we conservatives will more likely survive and the libs will not. The possible catastrophe I refer to could be race wars; a surge of foreign terrorism (THANKS, open borders Barrack!); a government attempt to round up all guns or their conservative owners; or a massive infrastructure failure or natural disaster that causes such food shortages that the unprepared turn into looting murdering rioting mobs.

    If (when) any of these happen, those who are prepared to protect themselves and their families will have a fighting chance of making it thru. Sheep will not.

  • J. R. Cozad February 4, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Similar statisticians (brothers-in-crime) report lies for: Unemployment numbers; Veterans waiting lists; and etc. etc. etc. The old saying: Numbers do not lie; but, the statisticians who compile the numbers sure as hell do. You see, what statisticians do is the start with gross negative final numbers the want to broadcast. Then, they create “manipulated data” to satisfy their final negative numbers. Picture, if you will, a famous Professor of something. He assigns various “grad students” to certain pieces of the puzzle; and, they are not allowed to connect the dots. They just research their tiny part of the puzzle. When enough time goes by, and most of the grad students who worked on these little pieces of the puzzle, the Prof pulls it altogether and stirs the pot, so to speak, to make the research support his original hypotheses.

  • ThinkLonger February 2, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Some questions for the ‘VPC”, the source of this chart:
    1. Do these deaths include Justifiable Homicides?
    2. Do the states with lower gun deaths, have higher death rates from other weapons like knives, hands and feet or other methods?
    3. Is it more important to reduce only gun deaths or deaths due to criminal violence using any means?
    4. Can you provide a link to the source data? (not just say “…from the CDC”)

    I emailed them question #4 for a start.

  • Tom G February 2, 2015, 8:28 pm

    Alaska ? did they include moose ?
    guess they never heard of Chicago , Wash DC. or Detroit

  • Bruce February 2, 2015, 4:22 pm

    The local paper (South Lake Tahoe Tribune) reported a few years ago that on the California side of the Tahoe basin (with six banks) had twenty times as many bank robberies as the Nevada side (with five banks). The possible reason is that robbers believe it would NOT be as safe or as easy to rob banks where the patrons in it may be armed????

  • Alaskan Bob February 2, 2015, 3:59 pm

    Living in Alaska I have seen this crap tried before. They are distorting the truth by doing their count by per population. Alaska with a 2014 estimated population of a little over 710,231 and then population of Hawaii 1,360,301, or the population of Massachusetts 6,547,629, you can see how it can get diluted real quick by dividing total firearm deaths into total population. As said before just total plain ol B.S.

  • Joe February 2, 2015, 3:27 pm

    If you fall off a cliff while mountain climbing and had a gun in your pack they will use that info for their convoluted statistics.
    If your senile uncle shot himself while polishing his 686 .357, according to those statistic embellishment professionals its a violent gun death.
    So on and so forth the Bloomberg cronies march on to the tune of “onward christian soldiers” returning the totalitarian agenda of NAZI Germany to the order of the day.
    Not to protect you and I, to protect their corrupt amassed fortunes.

  • Damon February 2, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Utter nonsense. It used to be, publishing anything with skewed or incomplete information would expose the author to public ridicule from other intelligentsia. Now it’s all the same echo-chamber, agenda – driven bullshit, and no one calls anyone else out for fear their own work will be examined more closely.

    These statistics are so incomplete in actual fact as to be outright lies. For example, the suicide rate in Alaska is much greater than in the lower 48, driven by things such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, widespread alcoholism and the problems associated with same among the Native population, and the difficulties of life and love in what is still in some ways a frontier society.
    I imagine Alaska would also lead the nation in defensive shootings because of dangerous animals and thin-on-the-ground law enforcement. I wonder what THAT # would be per 100,000 population. I’d be willing to wager it’s higher than 19.96.

  • Ram 6 February 2, 2015, 9:00 am

    Something is completely out of whack when Illinois with its notorious high gun related crime rate in Chicago finds itself as far down the list as it does. This is nothing more than another numbers manipulation by the gun grabbers to create a nation of prey. The predators will never comply with any gun laws, it’s why they are called CRIMINALS why can’t these people get this through their thick heads? GUN FREE ZONE=TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT.

  • Charles February 2, 2015, 8:04 am

    The key word in that video was “reported “. In 1977 most people didn’t care who knew they had a gun, however, in 2010 no one was reporting they had firearms in their homes. It is none of their business what kind or how many arms I own as long as I am abiding by the laws governing my city, state and nation. Until they infringe on my rights to protect what is mine and those I’m responsible for government has no worries.

  • Greg McCain February 2, 2015, 7:12 am

    There has to be something skewed with those numbers…..I moved last June from the suburbs of Chicago ( a city that had a complete ban on handgun ownership, in a state with some of the most restrictive gun control laws), and I am now very happy to be in the state of Arizona. When I lived in Illinois, all I heard on the news every days was how many more people had been shot and killed in Chicago last night….and the shootings rarely involved a police officer! Am I suppose to assume that Illinois did not show up on the TOP 5 Highest Gun Death Rates because the massive population watered down the number of deaths per 100,000???

    • Bigmag47 February 2, 2015, 9:52 am

      Indeed Greg! The public only needs to see one word to know this report is a bogus one. Chicago!!! Enough said.

  • casey February 1, 2015, 12:31 pm

    Laughable. Especially since we just had ANOTHER RECORD YEAR of gun sales. The only people that think banning guns is a good idea are the sheep and the sheep herders.

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