Which Areas Have The Highest Percentage of Gun Violence?
Unfortunately, gun violence has become predominant in the United States. As per data by the Pew Research Center, 44% of Americans know someone who has been shot. According to a poll by ABC News/Washington Post in September 2019, six in ten Americans fear that a mass shooting will happen in their community.
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Between 2008 and 2017, there were over 342,439 deaths/dead people due to gun violence, which means that a person is killed in the country every 15 minutes. However, this gun violence crisis is not the same across the country as the rates and character of violence varies by state. While some states (like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) have higher rates of gun homicides, a few other states (like Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska) have higher rates of gun-related suicides. Below are the 50 US states that had the highest percentage of gun violence between 2008 and 2017:
9) New Mexico
12) South Carolina
13) West Virginia
20) North Carolina
29) North Dakota
35) South Dakota
41) New Hampshire
46) New Jersey
47) New York
48) Rhode Island
As observed, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Hawaii had the lowest gun death rates (less than five) per every 100,000 people. In 2018, St. Louis, Missouri, had the most number of gun-related deaths—9.1 per 10,000 people. This city has been plagued by violent crime for a long time. However, over the last few years, Florida has emerged as a hotspot for gun violence, which is quite alarming and requires immediate attention.