Monday, October 17, 2016

South has five of top six states with most gun violence, says study based on various data

Louisiana leads the nation in gun violence, says a study by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning research organization. The study examined 10 factors, ranking each state on a scale of 1-10 for each of these categories per capita: gun deaths; gun suicides; gun homicides; fatal gun accidents; mass shootings; gun homicides of women by intimate partners; gun deaths among people younger than age 21; law-enforcement officers feloniously killed with a firearm; fatal shootings by police; and crime-gun export rates. All of the data were from 2005-14, except mass shootings (2006-14), fatal shootings by police (2015-16) and crime-gun exports (2010-15). All 10 factors were given equal weight.

Louisiana received a total score of 75. Alaska was second at 66, followed by Mississippi, 61; West Virginia, 60; Alabama, 59; South Carolina, 57; Wyoming, 56; Arizona, 53; and Montana and Oklahoma, 51. Massachusetts and Hawaii tied for the least gun violence, each scoring a 6. Rhode Island had a 9, New York 11 and New Jersey and Connecticut 12. (Center for American Progress graphic: gun violence rankings by state)
In 2014, more than 33,000 people were killed with guns in the U.S., 92 per day. Louisiana led with the highest rate of gun deaths, at 18.78 per 100,000 people. Alaska (18.2 deaths per 100,000) was second, followed by Mississippi (17.49), Alabama (16.79), Wyoming (16.27), Arkansas (15.78) and Montana (15.58). Hawaii had the lowest rate of gun deaths per capita, at 2.88 per 100,000 people. Massachusetts was 3.39, Rhode Island 4.00, New York 4.82 and Connecticut 5.25.

Alaska led in gun suicides (14.21 per 100,000), while Massachusetts was last with a rate of 1.69 per 100,000. Louisiana had the most gun homicides, at 9.75 per 100,000, and Hawaii was last, at 0.54 per 100,000. South Carolina had the highest rate of intimate-partner gun homicides of women; Louisiana led in gun deaths among younger people; Alaska had the highest rate of law officers killed; and New Mexico led in fatal shootings by pol

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