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Firearm Carnage Approaches Motor Vehicle Deaths

Gun Deaths Surpass Motor Vehicle Deaths in
21 States and the District of Columbia

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A study conducted by the Violence Policy Center shows that annual firearm fatalities in the United States are fast approaching motor vehicle deaths. The study finds  finds there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds.

This is the fifth edition of the VPC report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. The number of states where gun deaths exceed motor vehicle deaths has increased from just 10 states in 2009 — the first year of data analyzed by the VPC — to 21 states in 2014.

In 2014, there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, the analysis finds.

In 2014, Delaware had 127 motor vehicle deaths for a rate of 13.57 per 100,000, and 102 firearm deaths for a rate of 10.90 per 100,000.

“Science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. It’s well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products.”

Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Gun deaths include gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings; motor vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians.

“Firearms are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Meanwhile, science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. It’s well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products.”

Nine out of ten American households have access to a motor vehicle while fewer than a third of American households have a gun. Yet nationwide in 2014, there were 33,599 gun deaths compared to 35,647 motor vehicle deaths.

The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the Violence Policy Center on Facebook and follow @VPCinfo on Twitter. The full report can be viewed here (pdf).

We Support President Obama’s Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

Executive Action Needed Because Congress Fails to Address the Problem

Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence Commends President Obama on His Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

January 5, 2016

The Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence joins the undersigned State Affiliates of States United to Prevent Gun Violence commend President Obama for his brave leadership and for remaining steadfast in his commitment to reducing gun violence.  The Executive Action measures detailed in the “FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer” are broad and cover a wide range of key points including expanding background checks by:

  • clarifying which gun sellers must register as licensed gun dealers and thus perform background checks to help keep guns out of dangerous hands;
  • making communities safer by increasing ATF action and work on keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers
  • providing more funds for improving mental health treatment as well as making sure that appropriate mental health records are submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Polling shows that 90% of all Americans, including the majority of gun owners, want background checks on all gun sales.  It is unconscionable that the Congress has failed to act on this one important measure.  We applaud the President for putting the safety of Americans above the will of special interest groups. The people have spoken and the President has done what he can to deliver. The Delaware Coaltition Against Gun Violence and similar organizations in other states are committed to making sure such executive actions are implemented and are proud of our President for taking these actions.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Arizonans for Gun Safety
Women Against Gun Violence CA
Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund
Connecticut Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Georgians for Gun Safety
Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence
Iowans for Gun Safety
Maine Gun Safety Coalition
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
Stop Handgun Violence MA
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Protect Minnesota
Nebraskans Against Gun Violence
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Ed Fund
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
Oklahoma Gun Sense
Ceasefire Oregon
Ceasefire Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
Safe Tennessee Project
Texas Gun Sense
Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah
Virginia Center for Public Safety
Washington Ceasefire
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Ed Fund

States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer. We are the only national state-led gun violence prevention group. Our mission is to support 30 state affiliates and to nurture new state organizations.

The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, clergy, grandparents, doctors, nurses, friends, gun owners, and like-minded groups and individuals is united to help safeguard our citizens and communities, address the root causes of gun violence, and promote sensible laws that help prevent gun violence in our homes and communities.

Together we are forging a strong public voice for to address and prevent gun violence.

Contact: info@decagv.org

“This Bill Is Worth Passing”

TODAY’S EDITORIAL in the Wilmington News-Journal endorsed SB 83, a bill that will protect domestic abuse victims from gun violence.
EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR to urge a vote in favor of this common sense legislation.

READ: Stopping Gun Violence in the Home

The old Hollywood and tabloid newspaper term “crime of passion” may seem quaintly out of date. But there is nothing quaint about passions so out of control that they lead to violence. And, unfortunately, domestic violence is far from out of date.

All too often newspaper headlines tell the news of current and former spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and even casual acquaintances killing or seriously injuring the person who has been the object of their hatred. It is, of course, a disgrace. However, the victims of abuse and the rest of society are beginning to fight back.

More must be done. One of the commonsense answers is to disarm the aggressors in domestic violence incidents.

More must be done. One of the commonsense answers is to disarm the aggressors in domestic violence incidents. There is a reason courts issue protection orders. Society has come to believe that the person being protected is under a threat.

Already the police, in assessing a violence threat, ask a victim if the partner or ex-partner threatened the victim with a gun. If the answer is yes, the threat is considered real. Courts will intervene after a hearing that protects the rights of all parties. The courts will demand the surrender of a weapon. However, there are lapses in when and how quickly it is done. The procedures for turning in the weapon also need to be codified.

Senate Bill 83, now coming before the Delaware General Assembly, would close these loopholes.

Senate Bill 83, now coming before the Delaware General Assembly, would close these loopholes. The person who threatened a partner now will have to hand over the gun to authorities and show proof that he or she did it. The firearm would be out of the individual’s control during the life of the protection order. The victim, on proving the immediacy of a threat, could get protection.

The bill would expand the legal definition of the term “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to more readily reflect the realities of modern life. The term would now include substantive dating relationships and people who have cohabited at the time of the offense or within 5 years prior to the offense.

The bill also would prohibit an abuser from possessing a firearm or buying one while he or she is subject to an emergency Protection From Abuse order.

Too many incidents are fueled by rage or substance abuse. Why allow someone out of control to have easy access to a firearm?

Of course, the bill will not be able to work miracles. It will not be able to stop all such crimes, all out-of-control actions. No bill could do that. But it will make it harder, less convenient for some rampaging abuser to grab a firearm and use it. How many lives would such a bill save? Many? A few? One? Even if it is just one, the bill is worth passing.

As former State Sen. Liane Sorenson wrote, “Keeping guns away from people who are guilty of domestic abuse makes common sense. It won’t affect our Second Amendment rights, but it will help make our families and communities safer.”

EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR to urge him or her to vote in favor of this common sense legislation.