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This article highlights the U.S. states that are featured on The Center for American Progress’ study for highest gun violence rates. These rates are determined by a number of key factors, including:

  • The percentage of crimes committed with guns based on a relatively short period of “time to crime” in 2009.
  • Gun-related crime exports rates in 2009.
  • Aggravated assault crimes committed with a firearm in 2011.
  • Law-enforcement agents that were killed with a firearm in 2002 to 2011.
  • Firearm-related deaths among children from 2001 to 2010.
  • Firearm-related homicides among women from 2001 to 2010.
  • Firearm-related suicides in 2010.
  • Firearm-related homicides in 2010.
  • The number of firearm-related deaths in 2001 to 2010.
  • The overall number of firearm-related deaths in 2010.

The states that feature the highest gun violence per 100,000 people between the years 2001 to 2010 are as follows:

  1. Louisiana – Their overall firearm-related deaths were an astounding 18.9 per 100,000 people.
  2. Alaska – With a reported 17.84 firearm-related deaths, this state weighs in at number two.
  3. Alabama – At number three this state saw 16.62 firearm-related deaths.
  4. Arizona – With a rate of 15.48 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people, this desert state comes in at an astounding number four.
  5. Mississippi – With a rate of 16.98 per 100,000 people, Mississippi comes in at number five for overall firearm-related deaths in 2001 to 2010.
  6. South Carolina – At a rate of 13.82, this southern state weighs in at the number six most dangerous states based on a high level of gun violence.
  7. New Mexico – Bordering number four’s Arizona, this state saw a total of 15.07 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people.
  8. Missouri – With large metropolitan areas such as St. Louis, Missouri saw 12.94 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people in 2001 to 2010.
  9. Arkansas – This sleepy state, once the ultimate retreat for Chicago mob bosses in the Prohibition era, reported 15.32 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people.
  10. Georgia – Rounding out the list at number 10, this state saw 12.8 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people in 2001 to 2010.

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