In Louisiana, nearly half of homes possess firearms -- and Louisiana has America's worst gun death rate, almost 20 per 100,000 population per year.
In Hawaii, fewer than 10 percent of homes have guns -- and the shooting fatality rate is only 2.8 per 100,000 per year.
"The equation is simple: More guns lead to more gun deaths," says Kristen Rand of the national Violence Policy Center, which ranks states according to gun killings.
Incidentally, West Virginia is 10th-worst in the shooting gallery, with nearly 15 deaths per 100,000, the center says -- far above the U.S. average of 10.3. The most dangerous states are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona and West Virginia.
Of course a simple and transparent comparison like Louisiana and Hawaii is not sufficient for guys like Joe Huffman. Always ingenious, he discovered another way to describe the comparison which favors his argument. Throwing in "all violent crime," leaving guns out of it and picking and choosing the perfect combinations, he comes up with some semblance of an argument. The problem is, the bombastic tone and overall prolixity, reminiscent of Linoge, makes one wonder if it's really an elaborate con job. At least that's what I wonder.
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