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Recently, The Center for American Progress conducted a study that analyzed gun violence in all 50 U.S. states. Each state was ranked on several different key points, which included:

  • The number of overall firearm-related deaths in 2010.
  • The number of overall firearm-related deaths in 2001 to 2010.
  • The number of firearm-related homicides in 2010
  • The number of firearm-related suicides in 2010.
  • The total number of firearm-related homicides involving women from 2001 to 2010.
  • In 2001 to 2010, the total number of firearm-related deaths involving children.
  • Law enforcement agents that were killed with firearms from 2002 to 2011.
  • Aggravated assaults involving a firearm in 2011.
  • Crime gun-related export rates in 2009.
  • The percentage of crimes committed with a gun with a relatively short period of time in 2009.

What states have the lowest rates of gun violence per capita?

  1. Hawaii – This relaxed state has the lowest rate of gun violence in the entire nation. In fact, the overall firearm-related deaths from 2001 to 2010, at a rate of 100,000 people, were a mere 3.02. They had zero firearm-related homicides in 2010. The firearm-related suicide rate was 2.72 and in 2011, they had zero aggravated assaults with a firearm.
  2. Massachusetts – It’s hard to believe after the Boston Massacre, but Massachusetts boasts the second lowest gun violence rate in the entire nation. Their number of firearm-related deaths from 2001 to 2010, with a rate of 100,000 people, was 3.28. Their firearm-related homicides, per 100,000 people, was 1.92 in 2010. They only saw 2.11 firearm-related suicides in 2010, based on a rate of 100,000 people. They experienced 33.19 aggravated firearm-related assaults in 2011, also based on a rate of 100,000 people.
  3. Connecticut – With an average state ranking of 43.1, this state saw a total of 5 firearm-related deaths, per 100,000 people, from 2001 to 2010.
  4. New Jersey – Just slightly higher than Connecticut, the overall number of firearm-related deaths from 2001 to 2010, with a rate of 100,000 people, was 5.04.
  5. New York – Yes, New York is one of the safest states when examining firearm-related deaths. From 2001 to 2010, only 5.2 people died from a firearm-related incident, which is based on a rate of 100,000 people.
  6. Iowa – Full of responsible hunters and country outdoorsman, the great state of Iowa saw 6.63 firearm-related deaths from 2001 to 2010, based on a rate of 100,000 people.
  7. Rhode Island – Overall, this state saw 4.23 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people from 2001 to 2010.
  8. Minnesota – The land of 10,000 lakes reported 6.67 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people from the years 2001 to 2010.
  9. Maine – This northeasterly state saw 8.01 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people from 2001 to 2010.
  10. Nebraska – With an average of 7.83 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people from 2001 to 2010, this country-laden outdoor state rounds out number 10 on this list.

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