The Department of Health and Human Services (CDC) says that Mississippi has the highest number of gun deaths in the country.
Mississippi had the highest rate of gun deaths per person in the U.S. in 2021, with 962 deaths. This was 33.9 deaths per 100,000 people. Mississippi’s rate is more than twice as high as the national average, which is 16.36. Mississippi has about 10 times the rate of gun deaths per person as Massachusetts, which has the lowest death rate per person.
The top 15 lists had too many southern states; nine of them were from the South. Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee, which are all close to Mississippi, were all in the top ten. This list only has 15 states with very low gun death rates. None of them are in the South.
In 2020, the rate of gun deaths was 450% higher in counties with the highest poverty level than in counties with the lowest poverty level. In counties with the most poverty, the rate of suicides by firearm was 30% higher than in counties with the least poverty. The CDC also said that stresses related to the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in the rises. These include:
- Service and school delays and changes
- Mental stress
- Social isolation
- Economic stresses include losing a job, having trouble paying your bills, and not being able to find stable housing.
86 percent of people killed or hurt by guns are men, and 87 percent of people hurt by guns are also men. Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic people, as well as people ages 15 to 34, have the highest rates of firearm-related murder. Adults aged 75 and up, American Indian or Alaska Native people, and non-Hispanic white people have the highest rates of suicide by firearm.