Gun Deaths Compared to Motor Vehicle Deaths
Motor vehicle deaths are on a steady decline nationwide, thanks to decades of applying proven public health-based injury prevention strategies to reduce death and injury. Meanwhile, gun deaths continue unabated. Guns remain the only consumer products not regulated for health and safety in the United States.
The VPC publishes analyses of federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention data comparing gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths on a state-by-state basis. The most recent VPC analysis shows that in 2020, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
Nine out of 10 American households have access to a motor vehicle while a little less than a third of American households contain a gun. To reduce the unacceptable toll of death and injury, firearms must be regulated for health and safety just as we regulate motor vehicles and all other consumer products.
Previous Publications Comparing Gun Deaths to Motor Vehicle Deaths
Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 21 States and the District of Columbia in 2014 (January 2016)
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