NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for gun control has found that Rhode Island has the lowest gun death rate in the nation.
The Violence Policy Center said Wednesday that Rhode Island's gun death rate was 3.14 per 100,000 people. The nationwide gun death rate was 10.38 per 100,000 people.
The center said it analyzed data released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overall gun death rates in 2011, the most recent year for which that data is available. It concluded that states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and stronger gun violence prevention laws.
The center said Louisiana had the highest per capita gun death rate, at 18.91.