Gun deaths crop up more frequently in certain areas in the US, according to new research published in Injury Prevention. Here’s what the analysis found:
- Seven states in the South — Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia — had high rates of unintentional firearm deaths, between two and four times the national average.
- Deaths involving an interaction with a police officer were noticeably higher on the West Coast. California, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah had rates as high as three and a half times the national average. In fact, those five states accounted for one-third of all “legal intervention deaths” (where a police officer kills or is killed by another individual) between 2010 and 2014.
The findings were part of a broader look at the most distinctive cause of death in each state, meaning the cause that cropped up significantly more often in that state than in the US as a whole. Other items of note:
- Deaths involving machinery are more common in the agricultural states of Iowa and North Dakota.
- Suicides are more prevalent in Oregon, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Hampshire.
- Accidental deaths involving a bicycle are more common in Florida.
- Unintentional suffocation deaths are more frequent in Connecticut.