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Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 12 States and the District of Columbia in 2010

May 31, 2013 Comments off

Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 12 States and the District of Columbia in 2010 (PDF)

Source: Violence Policy Center

From press release:

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) shows. Nationwide, improved safety standards have steadily reduced traffic fatalities over the past decade, while firearm deaths (homicides, suicides, and fatal unintentional shootings) continue unabated.

Nationally in 2010, there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths, compared to 28,874 firearm deaths and 42,624 motor vehicle deaths in 1999. More than 90 percent of American households own a car while little more than a third of American households contain a gun.

In 2010, gun deaths (including gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings) outpaced motor vehicle deaths in: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington (see below for the mortality figures for each jurisdiction). Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Persons Legally Allowed to Carry Concealed Handguns Hits 370–VPC Concealed Carry Killers July/August Update

August 13, 2011 Comments off

Non-Self Defense Deaths Involving Persons Legally Allowed to Carry Concealed Handguns Hits 370–VPC Concealed Carry Killers July/August Update
Source: Violence Policy Center

At least 370 people, including 11 law enforcement officers, have been killed in incidents not ruled self-defense involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns according to the July/August update of the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource (http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm).

The Violence Policy Center’s Concealed Carry Killers database documents 266 incidents in 31 states since May 2007. In more than three quarters of the incidents (209) the concealed carry killer has already been convicted (73), committed suicide (130), or was killed in the incident (six). Of the 53 cases still pending, the vast majority (43) of concealed carry killers have been charged with criminal homicide, three were deemed incompetent to stand trial, and seven incidents are still under investigation. Four incidents were fatal unintentional shootings involving the gun of the concealed handgun permit holder. Nineteen of the incidents were mass shootings, resulting in the deaths of 84 victims.

Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by them, the primary source for Concealed Carry Killers is published news reports. It is likely that the actual number of fatal incidents involving citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns is far higher.

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