"Pro-Gun" States Lead
Nation in Per Capita Firearm Death Rates New Violence Policy Center Analysis
Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, Nevada, Mississippi, Montana, Arizona, and
Arkansas Top List of Most Deadly States in the Nation
"pro-gun" states in the South and West lead the nation in overall firearm
death rates according to a new analysis issued today by the Violence Policy
Center (VPC) of just-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) data. The new VPC analysis uses 2003 data (the most recent available)
from the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The
analysis reveals that the top 10 states with the highest per capita gun
death rates were Louisiana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, Nevada,
Mississippi, Montana, Arizona, and Arkansas (see chart below for top 10
states, for a ranking of all 50 states, please visit http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart.htm).
Each of the top 10 states had a per capita gun death rate of at least
15 per 100,000, far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of
10.36 per 100,000.
|States With Highest Per Capita Gun Death, 2003|
|Gun Death Rate
|Gun Death Rate
VPC Executive Director
Josh Sugarmann states, "All of these states pride themselves on being
`pro-gun'�but the numbers show that guns kill."
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in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
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