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States with Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Death

A new report from Violence Policy Center, based on data  just released for year 2006 from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s division Center for Injury Prevention and Control, showed startling link between gun ownership and gun death rate. The top five states that lead gun death in the United States are: Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada.

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates
Rank State Gun Death per 100,000 Household Gun Ownership
1 Louisiana 19.58 45.6 percent
2 Alabama 16.99 57.2 percent
3 (tie) Alaska 16.38 60.6 percent
3 (tie) Mississippi 16.38 54.3 percent
5 Nevada 16.25 31.5 percent

On the other hand, states with low gun ownership has much lower death rate.

States with the Five Lowest Gun Death Rates
Rank State Gun Death per 100,000 Household Gun Ownership
50 Hawaii 2.58 9.7 percent
49 Massachusetts 3.28 12.8 percent
48 Rhode Island 4.43 13.3 percent
47 Connecticut 4.95 16.2 percent
46 New York 5.20 18.1 percent

The complete list of all 50 states can be seen at VPC site. The original report from VPC is here

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