The Daily Beast published an interesting article last week that ranked states by gun deaths and by the permissiveness of state gun laws.
Below are the 5 states with the highest gun death rates, and the five states with the lowest gun death rates. Each state also is ranked on the relative strength/weakness of gun control laws (the lower the number, the fewer the controls).
There’s no hard and fast correlation between gun deaths and the permissiveness of gun laws. Maryland, for example, which ranks 47th on the permissiveness scale, has more gun deaths than Virginia, which is ranked 35th (Something tells me Virginia’s permissiveness ranking should be much higher).
And Vermont, which is #3 on the gun permissiveness scale, has fewer gun deaths than both Maryland and Virginia. On the other hand, Vermont has the highest gun-death rate among all the states in New England, and all of those have more restrictive gun laws than Vermont.
And, as the article notes, you’re 5 times as likely to die from a gun in Arizona (which the article calls the most permissive gun state in the nation) as in Hawaii (the least permissive state for guns).
Go to the jump for the rankings.
Gun deaths per 100,000: 18.3
Permissive gun laws: 4th out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15
Permissive gun laws: 1st out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6
Permissive gun laws: 11th out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15.1
Permissive gun laws: 7th out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 19.9
Permissive gun laws: 23rd out of 50
#46, New Jersey
Gun deaths per 100,000: 5.2
Permissive gun laws: 49th out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 4.3
Permissive gun laws: 46th out of 50
#48, Rhode Island
Gun deaths per 100,000: 3.5
Permissive gun laws: 42nd out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 3.6
Permissive gun laws: 48th out of 50
Gun deaths per 100,000: 2.8
Permissive gun laws: 47th out of 50