Brady Campaign State Scorecards: California, NJ Restrict Freedom the Most
WASHINGTON, D.C.The Brady Campaign has released its annual state scorecards, which the group claims "rate each state on the strength of its gun laws."
From the view of GunReports.com, the ratings are more correctly described as rating "each state on the distrust it has of its citizens," or rating "each state on fascist tendencies," or rating "each state on its willingness to dismiss Constitutional freedoms."
The top five states on the Brady list were:
1 CALIFORNIA 79
2 NEW JERSEY 63
3T CONNECTICUT 54
3T MASSACHUSETTS 54
5 MARYLAND 53
The Brady rankings are based on materials provided by the leftist San Francisco-based Legal Community Against Violence, headed by Juliet H. Leftwich, senior counsel. States with higher scores restrict gun rights the most.
In Orwellian language, the Brady Campaign's angle is that states which recognize the right to keep and bear arms "have weak or non-existent gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market."
Once again, the scores for most states are abysmal. Most people dont realize how few laws we have on the books restricting easy access to guns. As a result, we continue to make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons, says Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign. We need tougher federal laws, but action at the state level can halt gun violence and pave the way for common sense federal gun laws.
The laughable statistic behind the scores is that states that rank high on the Brady list are among the most violent, and states that rank the lowest are among the least plagued by violent crime.
There was good news overall for gun owners in the Brady propaganda: According to the release, "No states got a better score for 2008 than for 2007. Five states saw their scores drop: Florida, Georgia and Louisiana for passing laws forcing employers to allow employees to bring guns into workplace parking lots, and two states, West Virginia and Wyoming, for passing so-called Shoot First laws that authorize deadly force in public against a perceived threat even if ways to avoid the threat are available."
Translation: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Wyoming passed gun laws favorable to gun ownership--good for them!
The eight states that Brady ranked the lowest (includes ties)--which means the ones that have the best gun ownership laws--were:
43T ALASKA 4
43T MISSOURI 4
43T NORTH DAKOTA 4
43T UTAH 4
43T WEST VIRGINIA 4
48T KENTUCKY 2
48T LOUISIANA 2
48T OKLAHOMA 2
If your state ranks high on the attached Brady ranking list, you need to get busy rolling back restrictions on your 2nd Amendment freedoms.