They even brought Prof. Kleck into it.From murders to suicides, Arizona is consistently among the most deadly states in the nation for gun violence, federal records show.
Over a nine-year span, the state's rate of gun deaths of all types ranked seventh in the United States and sixth for gun-involved slayings, according to an Arizona Republic analysis of death reports compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rankings are based on data from 1999 to 2007, the most recent statistics available from the CDC.
Overall, violent-crime rates in Arizona are not far from rates for the U.S. as a whole, but the rate of deaths specifically tied to guns surprises national experts.
That's fair enough, I suppose he's talking about the old "causality" thing. But then it gets really confusing
"You can take very seriously the CDC data," he said, "as long as you keep in mind that there isn't any relationship between gun-ownership rates and the total suicide rate or homicide rate."
Whose side is he on, anyway?If Arizona is relatively high in gun deaths, it is likely because the state is one of the leading states in the nation for gun ownership, Kleck said.
One of the best indicators of gun ownership is the level of gun-involved suicide rates, he said. The CDC numbers show Arizona ranked ninth in suicides with guns.
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