1. Christopher: I would like to share some information for your article that may, both horrify readers, but also correct some data.

    Puerto Rico, which is part of the United States, although not a state, had 1,136 murders in 2011 (source: http://www.elnuevodia.com/cifrarecorddeasesinatosenel2011-1156442.html). Of those 1,136, 94.8% were gun-related. (Source: http://www.vocero.com/primero-en-asesinatos-con-armas-pr/). That would bring the total gun-related deaths in 2011 to 1,076 murders.

    For those who do not know, Puerto Rico has only 3.5 million citizens and spans 110 miles by 35.

    • I live in Puerto Rico and even thou we do have a very high murder rate its mostly concentrated in the ghettos of the metropolitan areas between gangs and not touristic areas, I can assure you Puerto Rico is very safe for those who are looking to visit us. I’ve lived in almost every region of Puerto Rico and I can honestly say I’ve never been in the middle of a shoot out nor have I seen a dead body from someone getting shot, the only dead bodies I’ve seen are from very horrible car accidents. People who have never been to Puerto Rico always have these horrific ideas in their heads until they get here and are very surprised about how friendly we are and how safe they feel walking around at night. People tend to get this idea in their heads that if they come here they are going to get mugged and murdered, which is totally ridiculous, once they noticed that we are nothing like they thought the tourist always come back to visit and some even move here. The same goes with Chicago, I grew up there and never once did I hear gun shots, had my car stolen from me or had problems with the Blacks or other Latinos from my area. People are always over exaggerating.

  2. The year is 2011….this is horrifying.Without violating our Admendment to bare arms, something needs to be done, and quick for better Gun Control Laws. I have many suggestions. I agree with banning certain guns and clips. We need more micro management over these gun manufactors. More accountability for every gun, clip and bullet made, distributed and sold. Make the sellers just as responsible for the crime that’s committed by that gun, when they don’t do the proper background checks. I have many more suggestions. I wish more people could respectfully make suggestions to help come to a solution…instead of getting PARANOID, thinking their rights are being taken away from them. Lets be sensible.

    • Marsha, “shall not be infringed” means just that. Adding requirements and restrictions to every gun, clip, and bullet is by definition an infringement of that constitutional right, as is banning certain guns and clips.

      It is no coincidence that almost ALL mass shootings have occurred in “gun free” zones. Do you really think that adding more laws will stop criminals from killing people?

      I agree with you that we need to focus on solutions. Well, here you go: Eliminate gun free zones and restrictions on concealed carry permits.

      Ask yourself, does seeing an armed police officer or security officer concern you when you are shopping in a store? So the issue is not the gun.

      Try this one. If you are a criminal intent on committing a crime, which target looks more inviting: the business that posts a “no guns allowed” sign in the window or the business that posts a sign saying “Proud supporter of the NRA”?

      So in the end, the problem is not the gun, but the person behind the gun.

  3. What needs to be done is punish criminals. And not after the fact. Be pro-active. Start treating buglars and other criminals like sex offenders. If you’re a criminal you’ve given up your right to be treated like any other citizen of this country. A criminal should no longer be allowed the rights afforded to them by the 2nd Amendment. Instead they should be immediately go back to jail if they are found with a legally purchased or illegally purchased gun. They should be forced to submit to random searches and tests. Get tough on criminals not on law abiding citizens.

  4. You do realize this could also be titled “The Ten Most Populous States in America”. Only Louisiana is not in the Top 10 in population. Your journalistic work is elementary at best. You need to look at crime RATE, not overall numbers. Shoddy.

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  7. How about giving us a listing of gun crimes per capita and see how the list changes. Or stats about gun crimes in cities with the most restrictive gun laws vs. those in cities with the least restrictive gun laws.

    Raw totals with no context like those in this list have little value.

  8. Violent crime rates including murder have been dropping at significant rates for the last 20 years across the nation.

    You know what else started about the same time violent crime rates started dropping? The “war on drugs.” Are they exclusive of one another? More people incarcerated because of drug laws, and a generous, significant drop in violent crime and murder rates?

    And yet, we get articles such as this, that don’t raise the point at all that murder rates have been dropping for two decades.

    The author has an agenda, and won’t bother with facts.