Fierarm Safety Stats by State

# of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100k divided by % of Households with Loaded Firearm

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Lower index shows evidence in favor of a statement that gun ownership makes a state safer.

Examples:

Gun unfriendly states:
– NY 2.83 is much worse than FL (1.71) and TX (1.28)
– same for IL (3.64)

to be fair – Nevada is quite in trouble: 2.80; however, if you compare it with NY – almost same bad score with 3+ more times house holds with firearms than in NY

If this is not an evidence that firearms actually forces lower crime – then what is?

Rank Region # of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100k ÷ % of Households with Loaded Firearm Result
Rank Region # of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100k ÷ % of Households with Loaded Firearm Result
1 District of Columbia 20.60 ÷ 1.90 10.84
2 New Jersey 5.70 ÷ 1.20 4.75
3 Maine 7.30 ÷ 1.80 4.06
4 Illinois 8.00 ÷ 2.20 3.64
5 Maryland 12.10 ÷ 3.60 3.36
6 Ohio 9.60 ÷ 2.90 3.31
7 Massachusetts 3.20 ÷ 1.00 3.20
8 Iowa 6.30 ÷ 2.10 3.00
9 Michigan 11.40 ÷ 4.00 2.85
10 New York 5.10 ÷ 1.80 2.83
11 Nevada 16.50 ÷ 5.90 2.80
12 North Dakota 6.70 ÷ 2.40 2.79
13 Connecticut 5.00 ÷ 1.80 2.78
14 Pennsylvania 10.90 ÷ 4.00 2.73
15 Wisconsin 7.50 ÷ 2.80 2.68
16 Colorado 10.40 ÷ 4.00 2.60
17 South Dakota 9.70 ÷ 3.80 2.55
18 Vermont 8.00 ÷ 3.20 2.50
19 Nebraska 7.70 ÷ 3.20 2.41
20 Minnesota 6.30 ÷ 2.70 2.33
21 Rhode Island 4.20 ÷ 1.80 2.33
22 Utah 9.70 ÷ 4.30 2.26
23 Arizona 15.90 ÷ 7.10 2.24
24 New Hampshire 6.10 ÷ 2.80 2.18
25 Hawaii 2.50 ÷ 1.20 2.08
26 West Virginia 13.20 ÷ 6.40 2.06
27 Delaware 9.20 ÷ 4.60 2.00
28 Kansas 10.90 ÷ 5.50 1.98
29 New Mexico 14.50 ÷ 7.50 1.93
30 Louisiana 19.30 ÷ 10.00 1.93
31 Missouri 13.00 ÷ 7.10 1.83
32 Florida 11.10 ÷ 6.50 1.71
33 Washington 8.40 ÷ 5.00 1.68
34 Virginia 10.50 ÷ 6.30 1.67
35 North Carolina 12.70 ÷ 7.70 1.65
36 Oregon 10.00 ÷ 6.10 1.64
37 Alaska 17.10 ÷ 10.70 1.60
38 Wyoming 15.00 ÷ 9.40 1.60
39 Tennessee 15.40 ÷ 9.70 1.59
40 South Carolina 14.00 ÷ 8.90 1.57
41 Oklahoma 13.40 ÷ 8.90 1.51
42 Mississippi 16.60 ÷ 11.10 1.50
43 Indiana 11.60 ÷ 7.80 1.49
44 Idaho 12.60 ÷ 9.10 1.38
45 Kentucky 12.50 ÷ 9.60 1.30
46 Arkansas 15.10 ÷ 11.60 1.30
47 Texas 10.40 ÷ 8.10 1.28
48 Alabama 16.80 ÷ 13.40 1.25
49 Georgia 12.20 ÷ 10.30 1.18
50 Montana 12.40 ÷ 11.10 1.12
highest to lowest

Comments

Anonymous (1 year ago)

Very interesting way to look at the data!

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rainsford (1 year ago)

Your analysis of the numbers does not produce an index that provides evidence of the argument that gun ownership force lower crime rates. What the ratio of gun deaths per capita to gun ownership shows is that gun deaths aren’t related in a linear way to gun ownership. The index shows that increased gun ownership doesn’t directly increase gun deaths by a set amount, and that the more guns a state has, the fewer deaths PER GUN there are.

However, the states with high gun ownership are still less safe, despite having a lower index in this mashup. Texas (1.28) has a lower index than NY (2.83), which is used as an example to “prove” that gun ownership makes a state safer. Except since Texas (10.4) has twice as many gun deaths per 100k people as New York (5.1), Texas is obviously much LESS safe than New York. Texas’ lower index is because it has more than 4 times the gun ownership rate of New York, but that just demonstrates that Texas has fewer deaths PER GUN than New York does, not that it’s actually safer.

Graphing the data shows a clear trend directly relating gun deaths to gun ownership rates. The higher the percent of gun ownership a state has, the more gun deaths it’s likely to have. There are outliers like Washington DC, and the trend is pretty rough, but gun death rates and gun ownership rates are directly related.

Anonymous (1 year ago)

Rainsford, that is a good point. However, another way to look at this graph is that a gun owner in New York is more likely to use it to kill a fellow resident, as compared to a gun owner in Texas.

Essentially, from this data the argument could be made that tighter gun control does not keep guns out of the hands of those who wish to use them for harm. Instead, you are most likely removing guns from the hands of those who would keep them for protection, hunting, etc.

I am curious how much of this is accidental shootings, hunting incidents, suicides, etc. as opposed to murders. That might make a difference when looking at it from a crime rate vs. guns perspective.

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