How Many Gun Deaths Are There In Your State?

Since Washington is a fetid swamp of moral compromise and soul-sucking humidity, my family and I sometimes debate where we might go if we decided to move elsewhere. One of the possibilities that comes up is Colorado, since we have friends there and the state features lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. But I'm given pause by the fact that Colorado seems to have more than its share of gun massacres, and even if statistically speaking they aren't something to spend too much time worrying about, it's natural to have it weigh on your mind.

Americans increasingly want to live around people who think like them, and that can extend beyond political beliefs to politically-tinged behaviors, particularly those meant to terrify people who have opinions different from yours. Like many a bleeding-heart liberal, I'd prefer to be able to stop in at my local Target and not have to share my shopping experience with a bunch of nutballs toting AR-15s. Call me crazy.  

If you're considering a move someday, the gun laws in various states might play a role in your decision. But perhaps more helpful would be an accounting of how often people are using their guns on themselves and others. The Violence Policy Center has put together data from the CDC on gun deaths in each state, including murders, accidents, and suicides (there's a strong link between the availability of guns and suicide rates). Their table is here, but I know that what you really want is a chart. So here you go:

Though there's a strong correlation between rates of gun ownership and rates of gun deaths, it isn't perfect. For instance, in Louisiana, which tops the list with almost 19 deaths per 100,000 population, gun ownership rates are slightly lower than some of the Western states near the top (one explanation comes from the "culture of honor" among Southern white men in which slights have to be met with aggression, producing higher rates of violence and homicide, but that's a topic for another day). But as a general matter, states with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of gun death.

The national rate of gun deaths was 10.38 per 100,000 population, but as you can see, there's a wide variance, running all the way down to Rhode Island's 3.14 gun deaths per 100,000—only one-sixth the rate in Louisiana. There are a few surprises—Texas, for instance, comes in right about at the national average (and Colorado comes in slightly above average, high-profile mass shootings notwithstanding).

But generally speaking, you've got red states with loose gun laws at the top, blue states with stricter gun laws on the bottom, and purple states in the middle. It's almost as if all those good guys with guns in the South and Mountain West aren't doing their jobs.


"Like many a bleeding-heart liberal, I'd prefer to be able to stop in at my local Target and not have to share my shopping experience with a bunch of nutballs toting AR-15s."

I'd rather stop in at a locally owned and operated business that keeps the money in the community and not ship it off to some corporate headquarters somewhere but point taken.

I'd rather shop at Target than be one.

BTW, your CAPTCHAs are getting increasingly difficult to decode. I went through about 10 before I got one right.

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The more guns, the more targets.

The previous post was right about the captchas though. It takes dozens of tries, even when the captcha is easy to read.

My favorite part of this it's suggested that the high instances of gun deaths in Louisiana could be contributed to Southern white men...

On a related note, a recent (2013) study (by Fleegler, et al) showed a very positive and linear relationship between the rate of gun ownership in a state and the number of firearm deaths in that state, as well as a linear relationship between the laxity of gun laws in a state and the number of firearm deaths in that state. Article:

According to the NHTSA, the number of deaths by automobile in 2012 was 10.69 per 100,000.
As 9 today, July 5, 2014, 400 plus people have died 9 Illinois roads.
I am a professional driver and I daily watch people tempt fate and deny all reason, logic and physics to save a mere few seconds.
I've been two accidents caused by amateur drivers where they both assumed laws and rights out of thin air to the extent of professing their assumed knowledge to state police officers.
Many of the people I must drive around in every city and state would never own a gun but drive as if they are indestructible and always in the right even when faced with the potential of serious injury or death under the tires of an 80,000ln semi.
We should deal with each significant cause of death as it applies. Therefore we should wordy much more about the needless deaths from what the vast majority of people do on a daily basis and take for granted that they are mentally equipped and competent enough to do.
Freedom is never free, fair or safe.

You can see how gun deaths correlate to the politics of states here-

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