Gun deaths outpace car crash fatalities in 21 states, researchers find

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People in 21 states are more likely to be killed in a shooting than in a traffic accident, according to a new study.

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The Violence Policy Center (VPC) found that gun deaths were more common in 2014 than car crash fatalities in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and Washington, D.C. 

Nationwide, the VPC said that 35,647 people died in car accidents in 2014, compared to 33,599 people who were killed by guns.  

The new findings come despite the that fact that more people own cars than guns, researchers noted.

“Firearms are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety,” VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand said in a statement. “Meanwhile, science-based regulations have dramatically reduced deaths from motor vehicles in recent decades. It’s well past time that we regulate firearms for health and safety just like all other consumer products.” 

The Violence Policy Center, which is linked to gun control groups, measured the number of gun suicides, murders and unintentional shootings reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compile the report.