"Pro-gun" states lead the nation in per capita firearm death rates
CDC data analyzed by the Violence Policy center shows that states in the south and west with weak gun laws and high rates of gun ownership lead the nation in overall firearm death rates.
The analysis uses 2005 data (the most recent available) from the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Alaska, Montana, Tennessee and Alabama. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of 10.32 per 100,000.
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