UTopiAH. This is Part 114 of a series for comparing census based life expectancy and death rate tables, ranking states by how long we live, based on the census from 1960 to 2015
As noted in previous Parts, from the censuses of 1960 to 1990, Utah ranked in the best, top quintile (top ten of fifty) for life expectancy.
According to a 2022 report by Everytown for Gun Safety (described as a advocate for gun laws), as reported by the Deseret News column ‘Here are the states with the strictest gun laws in America – Hawaii has the second most restrictive gun laws and fewest gun deaths in the country’ of May 27, 2022.
A stricter ranking in the Everytown list does not equate with fewer gun deaths, as demonstrated by Colorado which is ranked 22nd lowest of 50 best gun rates, or in the lowest 3rd quintile, less than half. The 2015 adjusted life rate from the CDC is inserted in brackets next to the state name, lower rank is best.
- California, [2nd life expectancy] 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. California has all five foundational policies in place, and is the only state in the nation that requires all new handgun models have microstamping technology — which makes it easier to trace firearms used in crimes. California ranks 44th in gun death rate, according to the Giffords Law Center.
- Hawaii, [1st life expectancy – best] 3.4 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. In addition to implementing all foundational policies, Hawaii is one of only five states to limit the legal sale of all guns to those age 21 and older. Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun ownership and the lowest rate of gun deaths — ranking 50th according to the Giffords Law Center.
- New York, [3rd life expectancy] 5.3 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. New York was the first state in the country to adopt gun industry liability laws, with the goal of holding gun manufacturers and dealers responsible for dangerous business practices. New York ranks 46th for gun death rate.
- Massachusetts, [10th life expectancy] 3.7 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. Massachusetts is one of only two states to require locked storage of any firearm not in the owner’s immediate control. Second only to Hawaii, Massachusetts has the lowest rate of gun ownership and ranks 49th in gun death rate.
- Connecticut, [5th life expectancy] six gun deaths per 100,000 residents. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Connecticut expanded a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The state has a strong illegal gun removal program and passed a law in 2020 to limit qualified immunity for police officers who abuse civilians. Connecticut ranks 45th for gun deaths.
- Illinois, [23rd life expectancy] 14.1 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. Illinois has a higher-than-average rate of gun deaths. A large share of trafficked guns recovered in the state are originally purchased out-of-state. The state has fewer laws to ensure industry and product safety, but checks nearly every box when it comes to limiting guns in public and keeping guns out of the wrong hands. Illinois ranks 27th in gun death rate.
- Maryland, [13th life expectancy] 13.5 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. Out-of-state guns make up nearly 65% of the guns recovered by police in Baltimore. The state recently expanded its background check requirement to include rifles and shotguns, and repealed its Law Enforcement Bill of Rights. Maryland ranks 33rd in gun deaths.
- New Jersey, [8th life expectancy] five gun deaths per 100,000 residents. New Jersey requires background checks both when applying for a permit and at the point of sale, and requires permits for all concealed firearms. The state ranks 48th in gun death rate.
- Washington, [11th life expectancy] 10.9 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. Washington recently passed laws requiring background checks on all gun sales, but the state is lax when it comes to allowing assault-style weapons and public carry. Washington ranks 39th for gun deaths.
- Colorado, [7th life expectancy] 15.4 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. Colorado has strengthened gun laws since the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012, mandating background checks and requiring that domestic abusers relinquish guns when a restraining order is in place. Colorado ranks 22nd for gun death rate.
Seven of the ten are among seven of the ten CDC list as well.These top ten states on the Everytown list voted their electors BLUE in Presidential elections of 2016 and 2020
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