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Teknet Report: Gun deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in 2014

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TUCSON- The Violence Policy Center released its new report Monday saying gun deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014.

One of those states is Arizona.

In fact, the VPC report says there were 927 gun deaths in 2014, compared to 857 motor vehicle deaths.

Other states include:

Alaska: 145 gun deaths, 87 motor vehicle deaths

Colorado: 663 gun deaths, 545 motor vehicle deaths

District of Columbia: 86 gun deaths, 37 motor vehicle deaths

Georgia: 1,391 gun deaths, 1,289 motor vehicle deaths

Idaho: 213 gun deaths, 212 motor vehicle deaths

Illinois: 1,179 gun deaths, 1,075 motor vehicle deaths

Indiana: 818 gun deaths, 774 motor vehicle deaths

Louisiana: 896 gun deaths, 807 motor vehicle deaths

Maryland: 546 gun deaths, 480 motor vehicle deaths

Michigan: 1,095 gun deaths, 1,014 motor vehicle deaths

Missouri: 943 gun deaths, 801 motor vehicle deaths

Nevada: 429 gun deaths, 319 motor vehicle deaths

New Hampshire: 122 gun deaths, 107 motor vehicle deaths

Ohio: 1,211 gun deaths, 1,137 motor vehicle deaths

Oregon: 497 gun deaths, 380 motor vehicle deaths

Pennsylvania: 1,390 gun deaths, 1,287 motor vehicle deaths

Tennessee: 1,020 gun deaths, 1,000 motor vehicle deaths

Utah: 337 gun deaths, 261 motor vehicle deaths

Vermont: 69 gun deaths, 49 motor vehicle deaths

Virginia: 889 gun deaths, 789 motor vehicle deaths

Washington: 702 gun deaths, 583 motor vehicle deaths

It says the information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

“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.”

The VPC says nine out of ten American households have access to a car, while less than one third of American households have a gun.

Keep in mind, across the nation for 2014, there were 35,647 motor vehicle deaths, compared to 33,599 gun deaths.

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