President Obama slams Arizona in gun debate

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- As President Barack Obama hit the road Wednesay to press for tougher federal gun laws, he singled out Arizona.

In a tweet, the commander-in-chief had this to say about the Grand Canyon State: "FACT: Almost twice as many people were murdered by guns from 2001-2010 in Arizona than killed in combat in Afghanistan. #DemandAction"

The president was referring to a new report that ranks Arizona as having the 4th highest level of gun violence in the country.

According to the left leaning Center for American Progress, people die from guns in Arizona at a rate that is 40 percent higher than the national average.

From 2001 to 2010, according to the study, 3,303 people were shot dead in Arizona, which is almost double the national average.

The report, which is titled, "American Under the Gun," goes on to say that someone is killed almost every day in Arizona.

And women have a higher risk of dying from a gun during a domestic violence dispute than any other state in the nation.

In addition, the report says the state’s lax gun laws make it a haven for gun smugglers.

The president is traveling to Colorado today to make the case for tougher federal gun legislation.

On Monday, as Congress returns from a two week Easter break, Obama will be in Connecticut to make the same pitch.

That state that is expected to adopt what are considered the strictest gun laws in the country.