Arizona Ranked Fourth in the Nation! (For "Highest Levels of Gun Violence")

Only three other states in the U.S. of A. have higher "levels of gun violence" than Arizona, according to one report.

Although magazines like Guns & Ammo congratulate Arizona for being "the best" state for gun owners -- despite the fact that the magazine's former editor shot and killed a man in Arizona less than a year ago -- the Center for American Progress says that's a bad thing.

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The organization, a left-wing think tank based in Washington, D.C., used 10 different stats to measure "gun violence," which led to the states' rankings.

And if there's good news, it's that Arizona's only the 11th-worst state for gun deaths. (The 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010 is still higher than the national average of 10.3 gun deaths for every 100,000 people that year.)

"From 2001 through 2010, 3,303 people were murdered by guns in Arizona," according to the Arizona-specific fact sheet. "That number is almost double all U.S. combat deaths in the Afghanistan war."

If you follow President Obama on the Twitter, you may have seen that fact earlier today (which should also clear up what the purpose of this report is).

The report says someone is murdered "by a gun" in Arizona "almost every single day."

The report cites 217 homicides by gun in 2010, which is, like, a little more than every business day, but over 10 years (3,303 murders), the numbers almost add up.

Arizona also ranked eighth in the nation for men killing women, and 13th in women being killed by guns in general.

If you want to check out the entire report, including methodology and all that jazz, click here.

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Matthew Hendley
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