CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- How high is gun crime across the US - and which states have the worst figures?
The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, according to FBI crime statistics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Iowa's rate of 7.25 firearm deaths per 100,000 people ranks 8th lowest nationally. Hawaii has the lowest at 3.25. Louisiana has the highest at 18.9.
The CDC lists the number of both intentional and unintentional deaths from firearms as:
Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health looked at gun laws and gun deaths in all 50 states from 2007 to 2010. They concluded “A higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state, overall and for suicides and homicides individually.” Their study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May 2013. But the authors said they couldn’t determine cause-and-effect.