Here are a few interesting facts to keep the issue of gun deaths in perspective. You can also bookmark Gun Deaths Since Newtown to keep up on the names, ages, city and state of gun related deaths since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I update this list daily as information becomes available.
There have been more gun deaths since the Newtown shooting December 14, 2012 than the total number of U.S. military casualties in the nine-year Iraq war. According to Slate’s gun death tracker, there have been more than 4,499 gun deaths since Newtown. The U.S. military reported there have been 4,409 military personnel killed in Iraq.
There have been more gun deaths since the Newtown shooting December 14, 2012 than auto-related deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, the most recent data on gun deaths from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths nationally, compared to 28,874 firearm deaths and 42,624 motor vehicle deaths in 1999. What makes these figures so compelling is that 90 percent of American households own at least one car, but only about one-third of households own a firearm.
Listed below are the 2010 gun vs. auto death stats for the 12 states and District of Columbia:
Alaska: 144 gun deaths, 71 motor vehicle deaths
Arizona: 931 gun deaths, 795 motor vehicle deaths
Colorado: 555 gun deaths, 487 motor vehicle deaths
District of Columbia: 99 gun deaths, 38 motor vehicle deaths
Illinois: 1,064 gun deaths, 1,042 motor vehicle deaths
Louisiana: 864 gun deaths, 722 motor vehicle deaths
Maryland: 538 gun deaths, 514 motor vehicle deaths
Michigan: 1,076 gun deaths, 1,063 motor vehicle deaths
Nevada: 395 gun deaths, 289 motor vehicle deaths
Oregon: 458 gun deaths, 324 motor vehicle deaths
Utah: 314 gun deaths, 274 motor vehicle deaths
Virginia: 875 gun deaths, 728 motor vehicle deaths
Washington: 609 gun deaths, 554 motor vehicle deaths
Firearm deaths continue to go up while auto-related deaths go down. Hmm…