Sunday, January 6, 2013

VPC - Violence Policy Center Statistics that show more Guns in a state = More Gun Deaths per 100,000 people

The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, and Nevada. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of 10.34 per 100,000 for 2007. Each of the top-ranking states has lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. By contrast, states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had far lower rates of firearm-related death. Ranking last in the nation for gun death was Hawaii, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. (See rankings below for top and bottom five states. See for a ranking of all 50 states.) VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “The equation is simple. More guns lead to more gun death, but limiting exposure to firearms saves lives.”
States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates
States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates
Household Gun Ownership Gun Death Rate per 100,000 Rank State Household Gun Ownership Gun Death Rate per 100,000
1 Louisiana 45.6 percent 19.87 50 Hawaii 9.7 percent 2.82
2 Mississippi 54.3 percent 18.32 49 Rhode Island 13.3 percent 3.51
3 Alaska 60.6 percent 17.62 48 Massachusetts 12.8 percent 3.63
4 Alabama 57.2 percent 17.55 47 Connecticut 16.2 percent 4.27
5 Nevada 31.5 percent 16.21 46 New York 18.1 percent 5.07

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