Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 14 States and District of Columbia in 2011

A new study by Violence Policy Center found that gun deaths outpaced those from cars and trucks in 14 states that year, the latest for which full data is available. More than 90 percent of American households own a car while little more than a third of American households have a gun. Yet in 2011, there were 32,351 gun deaths and 35,543 motor vehicle deaths nationwide. In 1999, there were 28,874 gun deaths and 42,624 motor vehicle deaths nationwide.