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Counting concealed-carry gun deaths

The Violence Policy Center today launched a new version of “Concealed Carry Killers,” an online resource tracking fatal non-self defense gun deaths. 

The website is concealedcarrykillers.org and it contains state-by-state information on mass shootings, murder-suicides, homicides, suicides, unintentional deaths and the killing of law enforcement personnel by private citizens with permits to carry concealed handguns.

Concealedcarrykillers.org includes a new user-friendly map providing information on fatal incidents. Where possible, each incident includes a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Additional resources on the website include separate listings with detailed accounts for mass shootings involving concealed carry permit holders; murder-suicides committed by concealed carry permit holders; fatal law enforcement killings by concealed carry permit holders; and, an overall tally on fatal incidents throughout the nation.

“While the gun lobby and firearms industry work to keep secret the crimes committed by concealed handgun permit holders, the examples presented in Concealed Carry Killers reveal the real-world consequences in horrifying detail,” said Kristen Rand, the group’s legislative director. “We challenge anyone to sit down and read through the hundreds of incidents contained on this website — year by year, state by state, victim by victim — and not be shocked and angered by the needless lives lost, all for the sake of the gun industry’s bottom line.”

The activists have documented 29 mass shootings involving concealed carry permit holders since May 2007, resulting in the deaths of 139 victims.

Overall, Concealed Carry Killers documents 550 fatal incidents since May 2007 in 36 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in the deaths of 732 people.

Concealed Carry Killers does not include the small number of incidents ruled as lawful self-defense.

Gun deaths outpace vehicle deaths in 12 states and D.C.

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 12 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

Nationally, the VPC said there were 31,672 firearm deaths and 35,498 motor vehicle deaths in 2010, the most recent year the data is available.

The VPC notes that more than 90 percent of American households own a car while a little more than a third of American households contain a gun.

In 2010, gun deaths – including gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings – outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The data was collected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

VPC said motor vehicle deaths are on the decline as the result of a decades-long, public health-based injury prevention strategy that includes safety-related changes to vehicles and highway design. But firearms are the only consumer product not regulated by the federal government for health and safety.

“Proven injury prevention strategies have been very effective in reducing deaths on our highways,” said VPC legislative director Kristen Rand. “The time is long overdue to apply an equally comprehensive strategy to reduce gun deaths in America.”

The 2010 stats:

Alaska: 144 gun deaths, 71 motor vehicle deaths.

Arizona: 931 gun deaths, 795 motor vehicle deaths.

Colorado: 555 gun deaths, 487 motor vehicle deaths.

District of Columbia: 99 gun deaths, 38 motor vehicle deaths.

Illinois: 1,064 gun deaths, 1,042 motor vehicle deaths.

Louisiana: 864 gun deaths, 722 motor vehicle deaths.

Maryland: 538 gun deaths, 514 motor vehicle deaths.

Michigan: 1,076 gun deaths, 1,063 motor vehicle deaths.

Nevada: 395 gun deaths, 289 motor vehicle deaths.

Oregon: 458 gun deaths, 324 motor vehicle deaths.

Utah: 314 gun deaths, 274 motor vehicle deaths.

Virginia: 875 gun deaths, 728 motor vehicle deaths.

Washington: 609 gun deaths, 554 motor vehicle deaths.

The VPC recommended, to reduce the number of gun deaths:

• Detailed and timely collection on gun production, sales, and use in crime.

• Minimum safety standards for firearms.

• Prohibit certain types of guns that have no sporting purpose.

• Limit the firepower of firearms available to the general public.

• Prohibit possession of firearms among those known to present a higher risk of misuse, such as those convicted of a violent misdemeanor.

The report did not contain statistics for Wisconsin.