So what was your state's score?
-DMatt Larson (Combatcarry.com) said:Well, I pulled the numbers and Brady grades for 2004.
Then, I averaged the rates from the states with each grade for:
- Total Violent Crime rate per Capita
- Murder / Manslaughter rate per Capita
- Rape rate per Capita
- Robbery rate per Capita
- Aggravated Assault rate per Capita
And the data ended up looking like this:
'A' Graded (MD, CA, MA, NJ, CT, HI)
'B' Graded (IL, NY, NE, RI)
'C' Graded (DE, NC, KS, OR, VA, IA, MN, WI)
'D' Graded (SC, FL, TN, AK, NV, TX, AZ, OK, AR, MO, MI, GA, PA, CO, WA, OH, IN, WV, UT, VT, ME, ND)
'F' Graded (NM, LA, AL, MS, MT, KY, ID, WY)
Looking at the list, some things jump out.
States with 'A' ratings lead the nation in overall violent crime, are second to 'F' states in murder, are lowest in rape, lead in robbery, and are third behind the 'D' and 'F' states in Aggravated Assault.
So an A rating correlates to a pretty high level of violent crime, it seems.
One interesting thing to note, though, is Washington, DC - which should be a Brady Paradise with massively restricted private ownership of guns. Here are their numbers:
DC, of course, eclipses every single state for violent crime, in every category.
Note - these are 2004 numbers and 2004 grades, as the BJS does not yet have the 2005 numbers on their site.
For those interested, I have included a PDF of the raw data I used, exported from Excel.