The states I like are mostly Fs. F- is too much to hope for.
They give their map and their arbitrary factors here in PDF, and it’s important to note that they are, as expected, arbitrary and based on what states enact laws they like.
Now, this is a really interesting map, because it plays with two different types of statistics. One is the Brady’s arbitrary scoring system for laws (which I’ll get to later) and the other is playing with gun death rates. The rate requires both death and a percentage of population. Note how this map by Slate (who are just as far left as Brady) looks very different:
Judging by the Brady scorecard, with their adjustment for gun death rate, Montana and Wyoming are lawless, out of control places that need martial law, while Illinois is a solid B with a stable gun death rate, and Washington DC is simply ignored, which is something that the Brady Campaign/Handgun Control Inc/National Council to Control Handguns has been doing for a while.
It should be noted that as expected, anti-gun forces are more concerned with addressing taking guns from everyone without addressing problems that exist in urban areas that lead to greater crime and mayhem. The Slate map does the favor of showing where the greatest deaths are actually taking place – for the most part in heavily populated areas. No real surprise there – people kill people, after all.
As a brief aside, the Slate map also contains errors. There’s a small dot near the Big Bend area of Texas that’s listed as five murders in Terrell in Texas. The actual Terrell, Texas where the murders took place is a city of 15,000 people east of Dallas. The murders are listed on Slate’s map as having taken place in Terrell County, Texas, which has a population of 984 across the entire 2358 square mile county. For comparison, the state of Delaware is 2490 square miles. Point being, there are 5 murders listed in the “No Country For Old Men” part of Texas that gives the impression of lawless countryside, when in fact, it’s really fairly peaceful.
Now, were the Brady Campaign to assess county scores, 5 hypothetical murders in Terrell County would be a murder rate of 508.6 per 100,000. Likewise, states like Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada, show skewed statistics based on low population. A triple-murder spree by teenagers (who violated laws against murder to begin with) did so in a state with 576,000 people. That single action itself bumped the entire state’s murder rate up by over a half a point per 100,000.
To give another example of how this works, take a look at this map of change in gun homocides from the UK Guardian:
States with smaller populations, like Montana and Wyoming, are shown to undergo massive transformations. Montana’s gun homocide rate went up from 40 to 300 percent, and Wyoming’s dropped from -20 to -60.
Within that, there is also the question of how gun deaths are recorded. For example, accidents and suicides, while deaths, are often included to make the threat of violence and crime look higher; accidents are skewed by accessibility of EMS in rural vs urban areas, and suicide methods by gender.
Defensive gun uses where no one in harmed vastly outnumber the number where anyone is harmed, and defensive gun uses where a violent criminal is justifiably dispatched (by either citizens or police) are sometimes recorded in overall gun deaths, which makes self-defense look like a crime.
Of course, to the Brady Campaign, self defense is a negative:
Most of the rest of their criteria are similar, where they dock points for not having medical professionals question you about firearms ownership, give points for allowing cities to establish their own arbitrary patchwork laws, give points for making unsafe firearms (those with magazine disconnects, non-existent “smart gun” fantasy designs, and of course the mandatory patent scam of microstamping).
In short, it’s pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from people who are all about citizen disarmament, short of these ads outright:
It should be noted that Nebraska gets a D from the Brady Campaign in no small part because of draconian gun laws in the city of Omaha, which is primarily directed at the black/urban population of the city. But that’s nothing new for gun control.