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Gun Violence by State 2022

The United States has very strong opinions regarding gun laws. Unfortunately, the U.S. has a high number of deaths, suicides, and mass shootings committed by firearms.

The U.S. has over 30,000 gun deaths per year. According to the FBI's 2019 Crime in the U.S. report, firearms were used in 73.66% of murders in the United States in 2019. Additionally, the Department of Justice estimates that 60% of adult firearm deaths are by suicide.

As we mentioned, gun violence does not always end in deaths. However, the outcome is usually some form of an injury or another. Whether they be the perpetrators or the victims, the majority of people involved in gun violence do not leave the scene unscathed. There are about 100,120 people injured by gun violence in America every year. And these values only account for situations where violence was an intention in the minds of those who committed firearm-related violence.

On the topic of gun-related injuries, many gun violence cases involve serious assault even though homicides are not the outcome. Race is significant when looking into the victims and perpetrators of gun violence in America, both on a state-by-state basis and nationwide. An unfortunate and backward truth in the United States is that young, Black males are the most likely people to experience gun violence. It is fifteen times more likely that a Black male will be the victim of a gun-related violent attack than their white, Hispanic, Indian, Asian, and other counterparts.

On top of racial biases, another problem that comes into play when looking at American gun violence is that many victims are attacked during disputes related to domestic violence instances. It is far more likely that a woman will be the victim of gun violence in an abusive household, and it is equally as likely that the perpetrator of the violence is a male partner, ex-partner, or relative of the victim. As of 2019, an estimated52 women are killed in instances of gun violence during domestic violence confrontations.

Gun Violence by State

Based on the number of gun deaths per capita in 2019 alone, states with the most gun violence are:

  1. Alaska - 24.4
  2. Mississippi - 24.2
  3. Wyoming - 22.3
  4. New Mexico 22.3
  5. Alabama - 22.2
  6. Louisiana - 22.1
  7. Missouri - 20.6
  8. South Carolina - 19.9
  9. Arkansas - 19.3
  10. Montana - 19.3

These states tends to have high gun ownership rates. Montana has the highest with 66.3%, followed by Wyoming with 66.2%, and Alaska with 64.5%.

The table below presents information from 24/7 Wall Street's analysis of gun violence by state. This information is a few years old; however, it gives a good idea of gun violence in each state.

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of violence:

  1. Alaska (24.5)
  2. Alabama (22.9)
  3. Montana (22.5)
  4. Louisiana (21.7)
  5. Mississippi (21.5)
  6. Missouri (21.5)
  7. Arkansas (20.3)
  8. Wyoming (18.8)
  9. West Virginia (18.6)
  10. New Mexico (18.5)

Gun Violence by State 2022

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Gun Violence by State 2022

State Death Rate Total Deaths Permit Req'd. for Firearm Ownership
Alaska24.5180*
Alabama22.91,124Yes
Montana22.5244Yes
Louisiana21.71,008Yes
Mississippi21.5632*
Missouri21.51,307*
Arkansas20.3613*
Wyoming18.8113*
West Virginia18.6348*
New Mexico18.5394Yes
Tennessee18.41,246Yes
South Carolina17.7893Yes
Oklahoma17.2681Yes
Nevada16.7508Yes
Idaho16.4280*
Kentucky16.2730Yes
Kansas16466*
Arizona15.81,134*
Georgia15.41,623Yes
Indiana15.31,016Yes
Utah14410Yes
North Carolina13.71,430Yes
Ohio13.71,589Yes
Colorado13.4779Yes
North Dakota13.2103*
Pennsylvania12.51,636Yes
Florida12.42,724Yes
Texas12.43,513Yes
Maryland12.3742Yes
Illinois12.11,543Yes
Oregon12.1528Yes
South Dakota11.9101Yes
Virginia11.91,041Yes
Delaware11.7111Yes
Maine11.7172*
Vermont11.770*
Michigan11.31,138Yes
Washington11.1849Yes
Wisconsin10.6624Yes
New Hampshire10.4146*
Iowa9293Yes
Nebraska8.3160Yes
Minnesota8.2465Yes
California7.93,184Yes
New Jersey5.3478Yes
Connecticut5.1188Yes
Rhode Island3.943Yes
Massachusetts3.7262Yes
New York3.7772Yes
Hawaii2.539*

Gun Violence by State 2022

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