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Map of Gun Death Rate across US

This is a map based the newest data released by CDC (for year 2006) on death rate in different states in US.

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See source data at: http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart09.htm

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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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The Face of Gun Homicide

By Junling Hu

Among all the homicide committed with guns, how many are calculated murder? How many are emotionally driven and happen in the heat of argument? Gun Homicide BreakdownSurprisingly, about 60% gun homicide happen during an argument. This includes argument at home, in a car, or at nightclubs.

In the heat of the moment, someone pulls out a gun and just shoot. The result is a dead person and a felony-to-be who will spend the rest of his life in prison. Not to mention shattered lives of their families.

Based on information from the website DeadlyGun.com, which collects gun deaths in US from news media, I put together a chart (see above). In this chart, different types of gun homicide are shown as a percentage of total. This chart excludes suicide, but includes accidental gun death.

Dispute-driven shooting actually accounts for more than 60% of the total gun deaths because we have not accounted for mass shootings driven by domestic disputes. In Georgia, a professor shot his ex-wife and her colleagues; in California, the gunman opened fire at a retreat center, targeting his wife and others. If we add these instances, the actual death from dispute is about 64%.

Another tragic fact is shoot death by police. About 7% of shooting deaths happen when police are confronted with guns. Some police react justly, and some may have reacted hastily. But the main factor is the presence of gun. Such tragedy can be easily avoided if gun is not so widespread.

Cold-hearted murder accounts for 12% of gun death, some are driven by robbery, and some are driven by drug deals. Self-defense gun dealth accounts of a tiny 2%, and some of which are dubious claim with suspicious circumstances.

In the end, 86% of gun deaths are preventable and can be reduced through more sensible gun laws.

Our nation is bleeding every day, with gun shooting happens at every corner, from Maine to Texas, from Florida to Alaska. It is time to call for strong gun laws. Such laws save lives, for gun owners, for their families, and for the community.

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