Graph depicting Gun Deaths and Gun Ownership
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Sources: Business Insider   Kaiser

Data: Excel

Last updated: October 4, 2015


Gun Ownership and Gun Deaths per 100,000 by State

Description: This graph shows the correlation between the percentage of households in a state that have a gun and the number of gun deaths that state experiences per 100,000 people in the state.

Discussion: The relationship between gun deaths and the level of gun ownership is very strong. That should not surprise anyone. Just as states with more snowmobiles would have more snowmobile deaths, states with more guns have more gun deaths.

The state with the highest level of gun ownership is also the state with the most gun deaths- Alaska. The states with the lowest levels of gun ownership are Delaware (5.2%) and Rhode Island (5.8%). Rhode Island has one of the lowest rates of gun deaths in the country (5.3) and Delaware has a lower rate of gun deaths than average (10.3). The outlier with a fairly high rate of gun ownership and very few gun deaths is Hawaii, which has a 45% gun ownership level, but an incredibly low number of gun deaths per 100,000 population- just 2.6.

Note that this graph shows all kinds of gun deaths, not just murders. Suicides are the most common type of gun death.

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