Gun deaths outpacing motor vehicle fatalities in Arizona

2013-06-04T11:49:00Z 2013-06-04T13:54:34Z Gun deaths outpacing motor vehicle fatalities in ArizonaStephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 04, 2013 11:49 am  • 

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Arizona in 2010, a new analysis from the national nonprofit Violence Policy Center says.

Nationwide, improved safety standards have steadily reduced traffic fatalities over the past decade, while firearm deaths due to homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings continue unabated, the report says.

Arizona had 931 gun deaths in 2010 compared with 795 motor vehicle deaths, the center’s report says.

 Nationally in 2010, there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths. That compares to 28,874 firearm deaths and 42,624 motor vehicle deaths in 1999.

More than 90 percent of American households own a car and a little more than a third of American households contain a gun.

In 2010, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The full text of the analysis is available at http://www.vpc.org/studies/gunsvscars13.pdf

To reduce the death toll from firearms just as we are now reducing deaths from motor vehicles, the report makes several specific recommendations, including restricting gun magazine capacity; setting minimum safety standards for firearms, and prohibiting certain types of guns that have no sporting purpose, including military-style assault weapons.

Many of the recommendations match the agenda of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has a program - "Demand a Plan" that is supported by several victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 Tucson shooting, when six people died and 13 were injured, including then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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