“The state rate of gun deaths went up by 51% between 2008 and 2016, while the national rate went up by 17%. “. Meaningless. If there were 200 deaths in 2008 and 300 in 2016 that’s a 51% increase, but in absolute terms, statistically insignificant to the total state population of 1.3 million in 2008. What does it matter? If people want to kill themselves, guns aren’t the only option, so why ban guns or push for more gun control because of increased suicides? That’s not the true agenda. The real agenda is to remove guns completely from society.