Saturday, November 12, 2022

Gun fatalities vary widely from state to state

The rate of gun fatalities varies widely from state to state. In 2020, the states with the highest rates of gun-related deaths – counting murders, suicides and all other categories tracked by the CDC – included Mississippi (28.6 per 100,000 people), Louisiana (26.3), Wyoming (25.9), Missouri (23.9) and Alabama (23.6). The states with the lowest rates included New York (5.3), Rhode Island (5.1), New Jersey (5.0), Massachusetts (3.7) and Hawaii (3.4).

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Editor's note: This past election cycle, the 2022 midterms, it has become more apparent than ever that the political campaigns and voting is based more on celebrity status and entertainment value of candidates than their policy positions. In fact, especially in the GOP, policies no longer matter and campaigns are run more based on the entertainment value of conspiracy theories than facts.

Therefore, Markham's Slow News will be devoting our publication to providing more facts about social indicators which are influenced by policy decisions at the state level. Sometimes there are social indicators significantly influenced by even local levels at city and county levels.

This article describes the significant differences in gun fatalities between blue states and red states. Gun fatalities are five times higher in some red states than blue states. For example the highest rate of gun fatalities is in Mississippi with a rate of 28.6/100,000 while the rate in Hawaii is 3.4/100.000.

I will often reference New York State because that is where MSN is located and where circumstances are the best known to the author.

In terms of gun fatalities New York is in the top five best states with a a rate of 5.3/100,000.

Gun policies do make a huge difference in protecting the well being and safety of state populations.

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