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Bullet Points: Where Gun Violence Hits Hardest in the USA

Gun violence is a severe issue in the United States. Near the end of May 2023, over 200 mass shootings occurred in the country, according to the Gun Violence Archive, leading to the loss of 14,600 people to gun violence.

While this menace is pervasive across the country, these states are disproportionately affected than others. This ranking of gun violence will consider rates based on death per capita.

Gun violence-related death in Montana is nearly the same as that in Alaska, a disturbing percentile trend many believe is due to high gun ownership rates in the state. Montana is also reputable for having the highest gun ownership rate among these ten states at a staggering 66.3%.


Arkansas’ rural areas face gun violence challenges that put its development in jeopardy. A 23.3% is considerably high for a state of its unique nature.


Missouri’s gun problems have been attributed to its proximity to states with fewer gun control rules, giving rise to illicit interstate gun trafficking. Missouri has a gun death per capita rate of 23.2%.


The tenth state in the United States with the most gun violence is not so different from most. Teeming in firearm incidents, albeit relatively lower than the rest, Tennessee has a 22.8% gun violence death per capita.


Mississippi ranks first with the most gun violence in the United States, with a 33.9% death per capita, resulting in 818 gun deaths. It’s worthy of note that Mississippi has a high gun ownership rate.


Louisiana, another southern state on the top chart, follows Mississippi closely, with a staggering 29.1% gun deaths per capita. Louisiana grapples with a complex blend of the drug trade and gang activity which though correlated, may not be causative to the degree of violence.


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