Gun Deaths Exceed Automobile Deaths In 14 States

According to a study by the Violence Policy Center, and data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, there are fourteen states in which death by firearms exceeds deaths from motor vehicle accidents.

Gun deaths include suicide by firearm, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings. Motor vehicle deaths include both vehicle occupants and pedestrians.

The 14 states where gun deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths in 2011 were: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia.

As I am sure most of you know the NRA has long argued that there are more deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents then are caused by guns. However as the article above states, that is not true in at least 14 states.


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