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Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

May 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Report: Gun deaths outpace motor vehicle deaths in Washington

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Click to enlarge (Source: Violence Policy Center)

Washington is among 12 states, along with the District of Columbia, where deaths from firearms outnumber deaths from motor vehicles, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  In 2010, there were 609 gun deaths compared with 554 motor-vehicle deaths in the state.

The numbers for firearms deaths include accidents, suicides, and legal interventions in addition to homicides (according to CDC data, most of Washington’s gun deaths were suicides–464 of the 609 fatalities).

Nationally, motor-vehicle deaths still outpace gun deaths.  However, the gap between the two numbers has been narrowing; since 1999, motor-vehicle deaths have declined by 20 percent while firearm deaths have jumped by 10 percent.

The other states with more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths are: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia (see table below for data; columns are sortable by clicking on the heading).
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Jurisdiction Gun Deaths Vehicle Deaths Gun Death Rate/100,000 Vehicle Death Rate/100,000
Alaska 144 71 20.28 per 100,000 10.00 per 100,000
Arizona 931 795 14.57 per 100,000 12.44 per 100,000
Colorado 555 487 11.04 per 100,000 9.68 per 100,000
District of Columbia 99 38 16.45 per 100,000 6.32 per 100,000
Illinois 1,064 1,042 8.29 per 100,000 8.12 per 100,000
Louisiana 864 722 19.06 per 100,000 15.93 per 100,000
Maryland 538 514 9.32 per 100,000 8.90 per 100,000
Michigan 1,076 1,063 10.89 per 100,000 10.76 per 100,000
Nevada 395 289 14.63 per 100,000 10.70 per 100,000
Oregon 458 324 11.95 per 100,000 8.46 per 100,000
Utah 314 274 11.36 per 100,000 9.91 per 100,000
Virginia 875 728 10.94 per 100,000 9.10 per 100,000
Washington 609 554 9.06 per 100,000 8.24 per 100,000

Source: Violence Policy Center

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