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State Rankings 2013

Based on a Violence Policy Center analysis of newly available data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, CT now has the 4th lowest rate of gun deaths in the nation.  For the previous year, we had ranked sixth.

The VPC analysis also indicates that  states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. However, even in these states the human toll of gun violence is far above the gun death rate in other industrialized nations.

The VPC analysis refers to overall gun death rates in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. A table of the states with the five highest gun death rates and the five lowest gun death rates is below. For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states,  click here.

States with the Five Highest Gun Death Rates

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We are very pleased that so many of you have signed our pledge to let candidates know that you will only support those who favor smart, common sense gun violence prevention legislation (if you haven’t already signed the pledge, you can do it here).rsz_evgubxmdswzcnai-556x313-nopadSo to help you understand which legislators supported our historic gun safety bill in 2013, SB1160, here is a link to how our legislators voted:

Senate Vote

House Vote

Obviously, those who voted no on the bill are not supportive of our issue.



CAGV, together with Project Longevity, is presenting two screenings in Hartford of the Documentary film, Shell Shocked: at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 3:00 pm and at the Artist’s Collective  at 7:00 pm on May 7.

Shell Shocked is a gripping documentary about youth violence in New Orleans.  Project Longevity is an exciting program that has been working successfully to curtail gun violence in the largest cities in Connecticut.

You’re invited to come to either of the showings to view the documentary; join the community;  and participate in the discussion led by John Richie, the film’s director; Tiana Hercules, Project Manager of Project Longevity, Hartford; Rev. Henry Brown of Hartford- based Mothers United Against Violence and Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director, CT Against Gun Violence.

See below for Bridgeport May 6th event.

Please join us.