Gun Deaths By State 2019

There is a painfully high amount of gun-related violence in the United States of America on an annual basis. Some deaths are point-blank murders, many are suicides, and many gun-related deaths happen by accident, due to negligent behavior or children getting their hands on weapons and firing a shot without knowing any better.

About seventy-two percent of all murders across the nation involve the use of guns.

Suicides account for the highest number of gun-related deaths by state in the United States of America. Most people who have killed themselves with firearms of some type were also the registered and licensed owners of the weapons as well. A correlation that research has uncovered is that people in states with lower population density values are more likely to commit suicide by way of a gun. The thought behind this finding is that lower population densities mean lower rates of loneliness, isolation, and lack of purpose.

On this note, the states with the highest suicide rates are Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming, as well as various smaller cities in midwestern states of America. On the other end of the spectrum, states with large population sizes and even larger population density values, such as New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, have the lowest suicide rates in the United States.

Firearm deaths per year are not just a reflection of citizens failing to get along or respect each other's rights to life. Firearms have also been involved in the attempted assassinations of eleven presidents of the United States. Only four presidents were killed by bullet wounds, but the point is that three handguns and one rifle were the weapons of choice for shooting, injuring, and ultimately killing four US presidents.

In 2017, there were an estimated number of 40,000 firearm-related deaths across the nation in the USA. The exact number of gun deaths was closer to 39,773 victims, of which 23,854 deaths were suicides. To put these values into perspective, per 100,000 people, there were about twelve deaths in total, and about seven of all twelve deaths were classified as suicides.

As of January of 2019, it is reported that the top five US states with the high rates of gun-related deaths are...

  1. Alaska
  2. Montana
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. Missouri
  • In Alaska, about fifty-six percent of all homes contain at least one gun.
  • In Montana, sixty-seven-and-a-half percent of all households have a gun in the home.
  • There is a gun in roughly fifty-percent of all Alabama households.
  • Forty-nine percent of homes in Louisiana have a gun inside.
  • A gun can be found in just below forty-four percent of all Missourian houses.

The five states that have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, in order from lowest deaths related to gun injuries, are…

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New York
  5. Connecticut
  • As the state with the fewest guns per household, twelve-and-a-half percent of all homes in Hawaii have a gun within the walls.
  • Fourteen-point-three percent of all homes in Massachusetts contain a gun.
  • As the state with the fourth lowest number of gun-related deaths, about fifteen-point-nine percent of all homes in Rhode Island have a gun in the household.
  • Firearms exist in about twenty-two-point-two percent of houses in New York.
  • The homes in Connecticut are tied with the percentage of homes in New York that have firearms, which comes to a total of about twenty-two-point-two percent.

The United States is a nation that ranks as the number one country when looking at countries with the highest gun-ownership rates among citizens. For every one hundred residents in the US, one hundred twenty guns are involved. That means that the majority of gun owners in the United States have more than one firearm in their possession.

The nation that ranks as number two on this list of gun-owning countries is Yemen, and even so, Yemen's population is shown to have about fifty-five guns per one hundred people. If anything, a little over fifty percent of Yemen's population owns guns, and it's possible that less than fifty percent of the population can be considered gun owners. Instead, it is likely that there are fewer gun owners and just multiple guns per gun-owning household.

These speculations of how many citizens own guns in the United States are just that -- speculations. However, what can be said for certain is that the United States of America is home to far more guns than any other countries in the world. This is a main contributor to the horrific rates of gun deaths by state in America.

Many states in the US do not have strong firearm laws or strict gun ownership rules. As a result, an abundance of gun-related injuries take place in states where gun laws aren’t strong. In fact, guns caused so much damage and so many losses of lives in 2018 that younger voters were more eager to vote on election day than ever. Millennials and Generation Z children have been majorly affected by gun violence in America.

As a unit, they were so appalled by the school shootings, deaths, and presence of guns in the hands of so many people on American soil. The elections of 2018 saw a high turnout of young voters and statistics showed that gun violence in the United States was a main player in their activism.

State Firearm Death Rate per 100k 2018 Deaths 2019 Pop.
New Mexico13.92672,096,034
West Virginia13.82611,791,951
South Carolina13.85895,147,111
North Carolina12.81,11910,497,741
South Dakota10.282892,631
North Dakota8.861760,900
New Hampshire6.6881,363,852
New York5.31,01919,491,339
New Jersey5.24348,922,547
Rhode Island3.6391,056,738