States with Lower Gun Ownership and Strong Gun Laws Have Lowest Suicide Rates

States with lower rates of gun ownership and strong gun violence prevention laws have the lowest overall suicide rates in the nation according to a new VPC analysis of 2018 data from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Conversely, states with the highest suicide rates are dominated by states with high gun ownership rates and weak gun violence prevention laws. More>>

Missouri Ranked #1 for Black Homicide Victimization

For the fourth year in a row, Missouri has the highest black homicide victimization rate in the nation with a rate of 57.30 per 100,000 — nearly triple the national black homicide victimization rate and 11 times the overall homicide rate nationwide — according to a new analysis by the VPC. More>>

Nearly Eleven Murder-Suicides Occur Across America Each Week, Claiming More Than 1,200 Lives Annually, New VPC Study Finds

More than 1,200 people died in murder-suicides in America in 2019 and 89 percent of the killers used a gun, according to a comprehensive new study by the VPC. The study’s release comes as concerns grow across the nation about the possibility of murder-suicides related to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders. More>>