The Brady Campaign has released their new scorecard ranking state’s gun control laws. I always get a perverse amount of enjoyment in seeing how low the states I live in rank on the “Brady-O’Meter”.
Sebastian points out that they’re not using the letter grades any longer, probably because all those states with D’s and F’s were making the Brady campaign feel like no one cared about their ranking.
Looks like Indiana has tied for 32nd Place with Montana and Florida with a total of eight points. What did the Brady bunch have to say about my dear adopted state? Well, first we have to look at the criteria that the BC uses to grade each state.
The Brady Scorecards are designed so that states can score up to 100 points across five major categories of laws: Curbing Firearm Trafficking; Strengthening Brady Background Checks; Child Safety; Banning Military-style Assault Weapons; and making it harder to carry Guns In Public Places.
So, out of 100 possible points, Indiana scored 8. According to the scorecard, we scored two points in “Curb Firearm Trafficking”, six points in “Guns in Public Places”, and zero points in “Child Safety”, “Banning Military-style Assault Weapons”, and “Strengthening Brady Background Checks”.
Just to point out how completely backwards the Brady Campaign’s scores are, despite scoring zero points in the “Child Safety” category, accidental gun deaths in Indiana are among the lowest in the country, even though 50% of Indiana households own firearms, which is higher than the national average.
So where does your state rank? Sebastian has a 26 for PA, and my adopted home state in exile of Virginia has a score of 14 points, which isn’t too bad.