Gun deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in 17 states including TN, VA

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSLS 10) - With the National Rifle Association annual meeting opening in Nashville on Friday, a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds that gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee, Virginia and 15 other states, along with the District of Columbia.

The VPC analysis refers to gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available. Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The analysis found that in 2013, there were 17 states where there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming, along with the District of Columbia. Actual numbers appear below. 

The analysis also shows more than 90 percent of American households own a car while fewer than a third of American households have a gun. 

Nationwide, there were 33,636 gun deaths and 35,612 motor vehicle deaths in 2013.

The VPC analysis also shows motor vehicle deaths are on a long-term decline nationwide. Guns, according to the analysis, are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety.

This is the fourth year the VPC has issued its annual report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. Gun deaths include gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings; motor vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians.

Below are the complete figures for the states where gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 2013. The full report can be viewed at: http://www.vpc.org/studies/gunsvscars15.pdf

Alaska: 144 gun deaths, 66 motor vehicle deaths

Arizona: 941 gun deaths, 863 motor vehicle deaths

Colorado: 619 gun deaths, 514 motor vehicle deaths

District of Columbia: 71 gun deaths, 30 motor vehicle deaths

Indiana: 857 gun deaths, 840 motor vehicle deaths

Louisiana: 886 gun deaths, 767 motor vehicle deaths

Maryland: 578 gun deaths, 531 motor vehicle deaths

Michigan: 1,190 gun deaths, 1,063 motor vehicle deaths

Missouri: 880 gun deaths, 781 motor vehicle deaths

Nevada: 395 gun deaths, 281 motor vehicle deaths

Ohio: 1,289 gun deaths, 1,144 motor vehicle deaths

Oregon: 462 gun deaths, 363 motor vehicle deaths

Pennsylvania: 1,451 gun deaths, 1,340 motor vehicle deaths

Tennessee: 1,030 gun deaths, 1,027 motor vehicle deaths

Utah: 339 gun deaths, 234 motor vehicle deaths

Virginia: 864 gun deaths, 780 motor vehicle deaths

Washington: 632 gun deaths, 540 motor vehicle deaths

Wyoming: 102 gun deaths, 92 motor vehicle deaths

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