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. . . to sort simple statistics incorrectly? *The answer is, "Just a handful of busy beavers at the Violence Policy Center (VPC)."* In April, VPC posted a press release on its website titled "Massachusetts Has Lowest Gun Death Rate in Nation," the gist of which is that states with lower gun ownership and stronger gun control laws had the lowest rates of gun-related death in 2009, and vice versa. VPC said that the the five states with the lowest firearm-related death rates were Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut (which have relatively less gun ownership) and the five with the highest rates were Louisiana, Alabama, Montana, Wyoming and Mississippi (which have relatively higher gun ownership). The "strong" state-level gun laws VPC had in mind were "assault weapon" bans, purchase permits, and restrictive open and concealed carry laws.

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