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Site Ranks Most Dangerous "Gun States": Here Are the Top Ten

 
 
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As the debate over  gun control rages in the wake of the horrific Gabrielle Giffords shooting, which left the Congresswoman fighting for her life with a brain injury and six other bystanders dead, the Daily Beast has put together a list of the ten most dangerous "gun states" in America.

The staff at the Beast weighted their ranking 75% on number of gun deaths per 1000 people, and 25% on a comprehensive ranking of gun safety laws put together by the "Legal Community Against Violence," a watchdog group.

The results when the two were mixed put Arizona as the second most dangerous state. 

Here are the top ten. For the full list and methodology, see the Daily Beast.

#1, Mississippi
Gun deaths per 100,000: 18.3 | Permissive gun laws: 4th out of 50

#2, Arizona
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15 | Permissive gun laws: 1st out of 50

#3, Alaska
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6 | Permissive gun laws: 11th out of 50

 #4, Arkansas
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15.1 | Permissive gun laws: 7th out of 50

 #5, Louisiana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 19.9 | Permissive gun laws: 23rd out of 50

 #6, New Mexico
Gun deaths per 100,000: 15 | Permissive gun laws: 6th out of 50

 #7, Alabama
Gun deaths per 100,000: 17.6 | Permissive gun laws: 27th out of 50

#8, Nevada
Gun deaths per 100,000: 16.2 | Permissive gun laws: 22nd out of 50

 #9, Montana
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5 | Permissive gun laws: 10th out of 50

 #10, Wyoming
Gun deaths per 100,000: 14.5 | Permissive gun laws: 8th out of 50

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 11, 2011, 7:30am

 
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