The top-ranked states are states that have the toughest gun laws in the country.
That means they are also the most likely to pass laws that make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
States with stricter gun laws are also home to the states that tend to be more likely to see mass shootings, including the states where more than 20 percent of murders in the United States were committed with firearms.
The map below ranks the 50 states according to their gun laws, based on data collected by the Gun Policy Alliance, a gun rights advocacy group.
As you can see, states with the strictest gun laws often have the lowest rates of gun homicides, especially among young black males.
And even states with comparatively liberal gun laws tend to have relatively low gun homicide rates.
“States that are heavily gun-saturated tend to see a lot of the same problems with the prevalence of guns, but those gun problems tend to get worse as you move away from those gun-friendly states,” said Sarah L. Dutton, a research fellow at the Center for American Progress.
“It’s the kind of thing that leads to a more violent society.
So there’s a lot going on.”
While the United Kingdom is a good place to look for gun-safety measures, it also has a relatively lax gun laws compared to other countries.
And while the U.S. is no stranger to mass shootings — from Columbine High School to Sandy Hook Elementary School to the Charleston church massacre in South Carolina to Orlando nightclub — most Americans do not think that states with stricter laws are as safe as those with lax gun control.
But it’s not just states with lax laws that show up in the map.
States that have some of the toughest laws also tend to show up at the top.
Some states have strict gun laws that disproportionately impact minorities and the poor.
These states are also more likely than other states to see the death of a child as a result of gun violence.
The Gun Policy Action Institute (GPAI), a left-leaning think tank, recently released its 2016 gun violence index, which ranks states on the percentage of gun deaths in their population that were homicides.
Here is what the index found: Most states with high gun death rates (as determined by the index) have at least one homicide for every 3,400 people in the population.
This means that every 10,000 people who die from gun violence is one more person whose death could have been prevented if laws had been enforced.
Of the 50 highest-ranked gun states, 17 are in the South, according to the data.
Twenty-two are in Texas, which is home to a large population of people of color.
Thirty-three are in Alabama, which has a large black population.
Only eight are in New York, which includes a large immigrant population.
The list is also quite diverse, with several states — including Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey — making up a large portion of the index.
But the states with more gun deaths, according the index, are not necessarily more violent than other gun-loving states.
“The South is not as violent as the West or the North, but there are a lot more guns and people there than elsewhere,” Dutton said.
“In fact, in the same order of importance, they’re all higher than the West.”
As you’ll see in the graph below, states that are most likely not gun-safe tend to rank near the top in gun homicide rate and gun homicide-related deaths.
And those states that do have some gun safety measures tend to fare better in the rankings, too.
States in the Northeast are more likely not to have any restrictions on guns or ammunition.
In contrast, the states in the Midwest and the South are the most gun-unfriendly states.
In the states near the middle of the gun-unsafe spectrum, like Indiana and Tennessee, gun laws and homicide rates tend to hover near the bottom.
That’s because the states’ laws are more lax.
These include restrictions on ammunition magazines that are relatively common in the West and in the states south of the Mason-Dixon line.
These restrictions, however, are likely not as prevalent in the southern states as they are in some other parts of the country, where many states have very restrictive gun laws.
And as you can imagine, states in this top-heavy range tend to make up a significant portion of states that show gun homicide deaths.
The data comes from a new report, “Gun Control in the U, D, and S,” released by the advocacy group Gun Policy, which analyzed data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The report is based on a survey of more than 1,500 Americans who identified themselves as being either “gun owners” or “gun control advocates.”
They also identified their state as “gun owner” or as “rights supporters.”
For each of these groups, the data was broken down into two categories: