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The 15 states with the most gun deaths

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Mass shootings often dominated news headlines in 2015, continuing an alarming upward trend.

As a result, gun control will likely continue to be one of the principal hot-button issues surrounding the 2016 election.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents polled by Reuters/Ipsos in December 2015 said gun control needed to be addressed. It’s clearly an issue at the forefront of many Americans’ minds.

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Of course, the gun control debate hits closer to home for some people than for others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intermittently releases data on firearm-related deaths. InsideGov examined 2014 data from the CDC — the most recent data set available — on firearm-related deaths to see where the most people were killed in shootings, including self-inflicted deaths. We ranked all 50 states in reverse order by firearm-related deaths per 100K individuals.

Note: Ties in 2014 data were broken based on 2013 data. The state with a higher firearm death rate in 2013 was ranked higher.

 

#15. Kentucky

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.8

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.7
Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#14. West Virginia

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.5

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.3
Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#13. Nevada

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.7

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.8
Percent increase/decrease: +7%

#12. Tennessee

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.7

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.4
Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#11. Missouri

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.2

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.4
Percent increase/decrease: +6%

#10. South Carolina

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.5

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.2
Percent increase/decrease: +2%

#9. Oklahoma

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.6

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.5
Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#8. New Mexico

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.8

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.5
Percent increase/decrease: +2%

#7. Montana

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.8

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.7
Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#6. Wyoming

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.0

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.7
Percent increase/decrease: -4%

#5. Arkansas

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.4

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.8
Percent increase/decrease: -2%

#4. Alabama

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.7

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 17.6
Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#3. Mississippi

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.0

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 17.8
Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#2. Alaska

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.8

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 19.8
Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#1. Louisiana

 

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2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.9

2013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 19.3
Percent increase/decrease: -2%

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