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Gun Violence by State 2020

The United States has a very troubling problem when it comes to gun laws, deaths, and violence inflicted by the use of firearms. It is estimated that about one hundred people are killed every day due to gun-related injuries.

The estimated number of deaths that occur every year as a result of gun violence in America is about 36,383 deaths annually. As we mentioned, gun violence does not always end in deaths. However, the outcome is usually some form of an injury or another. In fact, the majority of people involved in gun violence, whether they be the perpetrators or the victims, 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, a lot of cases of gun violence involve serious assault even though homicides are not the final outcome. Race becomes a serious main player when looking into the victims and perpetrators of gun violence in America, both on a state-by-state basis and a nationwide level. An unfortunate and backwards truth in the United States is that young, black boys 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 a great deal of 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, there is an estimated number of fifty-two women who are actually killed in instances of gun violence during domestic violence confrontations.

Gun violence that transpires within households is very impactful on children in America. This plays into the statistic that roughly three million kids see gun violence take place in the United States in a given year. This detail goes even further into the realm of tragedy when you learn that firearms are actually the second most likely killer of children in the United States, falling right behind accidents involving children and motor vehicles. The other three top five causes of the deaths of American children are being diagnosed with cancer, passing out from suffocation, and being poisoned by various substances.

The most precise and conclusive data surrounding gun violence in America points to data collected by the CDC in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control compiled information regarding the death rates that occurred as a result of gun violence in 2017.

Forty-one out of fifty states in total do not require permits in order to be a gun owner. In order to obtain a gun permit, you have to endure an intensive background check. As a result, placing a gun in the hands of someone who does not get cleared might mean that guns are bought by people who have a history of violence, criminal activity, or other dangerous behaviors.

The seven states that always require gun permits in order to purchase and carry a firearm include:

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 2020

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Gun Violence by State 2020

State Death Rate Total Deaths Permit Req'd. for Firearm Ownership
Alaska24.5180No
Alabama22.91,124No
Montana22.5244No
Louisiana21.71,008No
Missouri21.51,307No
Mississippi21.5632No
Arkansas20.3613No
Wyoming18.8113No
West Virginia18.6348No
New Mexico18.5394No
Tennessee18.41,246No
South Carolina17.7893No
Oklahoma17.2681No
Nevada16.7508No
Idaho16.4280No
Kentucky16.2730No
Kansas16466No
Arizona15.81,134No
Georgia15.41,623No
Indiana15.31,016No
Utah14410No
Ohio13.71,589No
North Carolina13.71,430No
Colorado13.4779No
North Dakota13.2103No
Pennsylvania12.51,636No
Texas12.43,513No
Florida12.42,724No
Maryland12.3742No
Oregon12.1528No
Illinois12.11,543Yes
Virginia11.91,041No
South Dakota11.9101No
Vermont11.770No
Maine11.7172No
Delaware11.7111No
Michigan11.31,138No
Washington11.1849No
Wisconsin10.6624Yes
New Hampshire10.4146No
Iowa9293Yes
Nebraska8.3160No
Minnesota8.2465No
California7.93,184No
New Jersey5.3478Yes
Connecticut5.1188Yes
Rhode Island3.943No
New York3.7772No
Massachusetts3.7262Yes
Hawaii2.539Yes