Gun-related deaths outnumber deadly car crashes in 3 Heartland states

Gun related deaths outnumber car deaths in three Heartland States

(KFVS) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun-related deaths outnumbered vehicle-related deaths in more than a dozen states in 2014.

Nationwide, deaths involving motor vehicle have been dropping, while gun-related deaths have shown a slight increase. Even though less than one-third of Americans have access to a gun and almost all of us spend a good deal of time riding around in cars.

In 2014, a total of 801 people died in car crashes in the state of Missouri, but that deadly tally pales next to the number of people killed as a result of a gun, a total of 943. This includes suicide, homicide and fatal unintentional shootings.

In 2005, gun-related deaths outnumbered vehicle-related deaths in just two states: Alaska and Maryland.

By 2014, the number of gun-related deaths were greater in 21 states, including Illinois, Tennessee and Missouri.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the steady decline in deadly car crashes can be credited to better technology and more rules on the road.

The federal government mandated the use of seat belts in the 1960s.

The '70s brought anti-lock brakes.

The '80s brought an increased focus on drunk driving and mandatory seat belt use.

Airbags came along in the '90s.

If current trends continue, the number of states where gun-related deaths outpace motor vehicle-related deaths will only continue to increase.

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