Gun-related deaths outpaced those tied to vehicles in Tennessee and 16 other states, according to a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center.
In Tennessee in 2013, there were 1,030 gun deaths and 1,027 vehicle deaths. The organization notes that 94 percent of households have a car and 46 percent have a gun. The report points out that deaths in car crashes have declined nationwide as safety standards have increased.
The nonprofit organization advocates for stricter gun control measures, including minimum safety standards; bans on military-style assault weapons; and more detailed data collection on gun production, sales and uses in crime.
The analysis was released days before the National Rifle Association holds its annual meeting in Nashville this weekend.
“The NRA is planning a big party in Nashville this weekend, but in reality there is nothing to celebrate,” Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann said in a prepared statement. “Our analysis exposes the shameful fact that you are more likely to be killed with a gun than in a motor vehicle crash in Tennessee and 16 other states.”
This is the fourth year the organization has issued its report comparing deaths by state. Gun deaths include suicides, homicides and fatal accidents. Vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians.
“The time has come to stand up to the NRA and its corporate sponsors in the gun industry and regulate firearms for health and safety, just as we regulate motor vehicles and all other consumer products,” he said.