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…

Below are the fifty states in descending order of gun violence per year in America.

State Death Rate (per 100k people) Total Deaths Permit Req'd. for Firearm Ownership 2020 Pop.
Alaska24.50%180No734,002
Alabama22.90%1,124No4,908,621
Montana22.50%244No1,086,759
Louisiana21.70%1,008No4,645,184
Missouri21.50%1,307No6,169,270
Mississippi21.50%632No2,989,260
Arkansas20.30%613No3,038,999
Wyoming18.80%113No567,025
West Virginia18.60%348No1,778,070
New Mexico18.50%394No2,096,640
Tennessee18.40%1,246No6,897,576
South Carolina17.70%893No5,210,095
Oklahoma17.20%681No3,954,821
Nevada16.70%508No3,139,658
Idaho16.40%280No1,826,156
Kentucky16.20%730No4,499,692
Kansas16.00%466No2,910,357
Arizona15.80%1,134No7,378,494
Georgia15.40%1,623No10,736,059
Indiana15.30%1,016No6,745,354
Utah14.00%410No3,282,115
Ohio13.70%1,589No11,747,694
North Carolina13.70%1,430No10,611,862
Colorado13.40%779No5,845,526
North Dakota13.20%103No761,723
Pennsylvania12.50%1,636No12,820,878
Texas12.40%3,513No29,472,295
Florida12.40%2,724No21,992,985
Maryland12.30%742No6,083,116
Oregon12.10%528No4,301,089
Illinois12.10%1,543Yes12,659,682
Virginia11.90%1,041No8,626,207
South Dakota11.90%101No903,027
Vermont11.70%70No628,061
Maine11.70%172No1,345,790
Delaware11.70%111No982,895
Michigan11.30%1,138No10,045,029
Washington11.10%849No7,797,095
Wisconsin10.60%624Yes5,851,754
New Hampshire10.40%146No1,371,246
Iowa9.00%293Yes3,179,849
Nebraska8.30%160No1,952,570
Minnesota8.20%465No5,700,671
California7.90%3,184No39,937,489
New Jersey5.30%478Yes8,936,574
Connecticut5.10%188Yes3,563,077
Rhode Island3.90%43No1,056,161
New York3.70%772No19,440,469
Massachusetts3.70%262Yes6,976,597
Hawaii2.50%39Yes1,412,687