Nevada Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men
Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released When
Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 1999 Homicide Data, an annual report
detailing female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender.
The report provides a state-by-state ranking of these female homicide rates. Nevada
ranked first in the rate of women killed by men.
"The attempts by some members
of the gun lobby to capitalize on recent tragedies to promote gun sales is, at
best, craven, and at worst, deadly. With ready access to handguns, intimate acquaintances
pose a much greater danger to women than the mystery assailant the gun industry
frequently uses to sell their deadly weapons," said Health Policy Analyst and
study author, Karen Brock, MPH. "All too often, women purchase handguns in a misguided
effort to protect themselves. Medical studies and government data consistently
show that when a firearm is brought into the home, it is far more likely to result
in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional death than to be used for self-defense."
In addition to Nevada, the top 10 states include: Alaska, Louisiana, Arizona,
South Carolina, Vermont, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, and North Carolina.
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