Click here for the criteria used by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s 2013 State Scorecard. Basically, the Bradys awarded high marks to states that enacted the most draconian gun control laws; elevating Connecticut to number two. To establish their “highest gun death rate” they lumped-in firearms-related suicides with firearms-related accidents and homicides. (This accounts for the elevation of Western states which have relatively high suicide rate as a percentage of their total population.) As commentators have pointed out below, the only possible way to interpret the misinterpreted data is to consider an “F” a badge of honor. Freedom, if you will. And “A” as an assault on freedom. As a refugee from B- rated Rhode Island, as a freshly-minted resident of the F-rated Lone Star State, I couldn’t be happier with the results.