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Gun Violence By State 2021

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. Texas (3513)
  2. California (3184)
  3. Florida (2724)
  4. Pennsylvania (1636)
  5. Georgia (1623)
  6. Ohio (1589)
  7. Illinois (1543)
  8. North Carolina (1430)
  9. Missouri (1307)
  10. Tennessee (1246)

Gun Violence By State 2021

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Gun Violence By State 2021

State Death Rate Total Deaths Permit Req'd. for Firearm Ownership
Texas351312.40Yes
California31847.90Yes
Florida272412.40Yes
Pennsylvania163612.50Yes
Georgia162315.40Yes
Ohio158913.70Yes
Illinois154312.10Yes
North Carolina143013.70Yes
Missouri130721.50*
Tennessee124618.40Yes
Michigan113811.30Yes
Arizona113415.80*
Alabama112422.90Yes
Virginia104111.90Yes
Indiana101615.30Yes
Louisiana100821.70Yes
South Carolina89317.70Yes
Washington84911.10Yes
Colorado77913.40Yes
New York7723.70Yes
Maryland74212.30Yes
Kentucky73016.20Yes
Oklahoma68117.20Yes
Mississippi63221.50*
Wisconsin62410.60Yes
Arkansas61320.30*
Oregon52812.10Yes
Nevada50816.70Yes
New Jersey4785.30Yes
Kansas46616*
Minnesota4658.20Yes
Utah41014Yes
New Mexico39418.50Yes
West Virginia34818.60*
Iowa2939Yes
Idaho28016.40*
Massachusetts2623.70Yes
Montana24422.50Yes
Connecticut1885.10Yes
Alaska18024.50*
Maine17211.70*
Nebraska1608.30Yes
New Hampshire14610.40*
Wyoming11318.80*
Delaware11111.70Yes
North Dakota10313.20*
South Dakota10111.90Yes
Vermont7011.70*
Rhode Island433.90Yes
Hawaii392.50*

Gun Violence By State 2021