On Wednesday morning two journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, were killed by a gunman in the middle of an on-air interview, Business Insider reports. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died in the attack, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that a manhunt for the killer is currently developing.
It is yet another devastating reminder of how persuasive of a problem firearms are in America.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 33,636 people died due to gun-related causes in 2013, the year with the most recent data. The national average is 10.6 gun deaths per 100,000 residents.
But that number varies widely from state to state.
The Kaiser Family Foundation assembled a table of statistics from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on 2013 mortality rates from firearms in each state. Kaiser combined various firearm-related causes of death, including assault by firearm, police shootings, suicide by firearm, and accidental discharges.
• States with the highest rate include Alaska (19.8) and Louisiana (19.3). Alaska doesn’t require residents to have a permit for carrying concealed weapons, while Louisiana does (but has fairly permissive gun laws otherwise).
This map shows how many gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents there were in each state in 2013:
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