Alabama Ranked 3rd Nationally for Gun Violence

By: al.com
By: al.com

Alabama has the third-highest rate of gun violence in the country, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

Only Louisiana and Alaska had higher rates of gun violence, according to the report.

The report found that Alabama and other states with relatively loose gun laws had more gun violence than states with tighter rules.

"While the strength of a state's gun laws is just one factor in the prevalence of gun-related violence in the state and cannot alone account for gun violence, there is a clear link between weak gun laws and high levels of gun violence across the United States," according to the report.

The report breaks "gun violence" into 10 gun-related statistical measures:
- Overall firearm deaths in 2010
- Overall firearm deaths from 2001 through 2010
- Firearm homicides in 2010
- Firearm suicides in 2010
- Firearm homicides among women from 2001 through 2010
- Firearm deaths among children ages 0 to 17, from 2001 through 2010
- Law-enforcement agents feloniously killed with a firearm from 2002 through 2011
- Aggravated assaults with a firearm in 2011
- Crime-gun export rates in 2009
- Percentage of crime guns with a short "time to crime" in 2009

Using those measures, the analysts ranked each state according their rate of overall gun violence.

According to the report. as of 2010 Alabama had the third-worst gun murder rate in the nation, 65 percent higher than the national average. Out of every 100,000 people, 5.9 people are murdered by guns.

In 2010 Alabama had the seventh-worst gun-death rate for children ages 0-18. During that year alone, 47 children were killed by guns in the state.


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