In AZ and Elsewhere, Guns Kill More People Than Cars


Arizona is consistently one of the states in which more people die from gunshots than from motor-vehicle accidents, reports the Arizona Republic. From 2009 to 2012, gun-related deaths outstripped vehicle-related deaths in Arizona. On Tuesday, the Violence Prevention Council, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working to stop gun deaths and injuries, issued a survey comparing these modes of death to make the point that firearms should be regulated like other consumer products.

Arizona had the third-highest per capita gun deaths, just behind Alaska and Louisiana, according to the group’s analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio had the highest raw number of gun deaths compared with automobile fatalities among 14 states and the District of Columbia. The numbers are significant because Americans are much more likely to be exposed to a car than a gun. Ninety percent of U.S. households own a car, while just over one-third of U.S. households own a gun. Car accidents kill 92 people daily in the U.S., compared with 87 daily gun-related deaths, according to the CDC.

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