On Sunday night, a gunman killed at least 59 people and injured 527 others on the Las Vegas Strip. The shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowd of thousands below who were attending a country music festival.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
As the tragic event showed, guns remain an entrenched – and accessible – part of American life. According to the Center for Disease Control, 33,594 people died due to gun-related causes in 2014, the year with the most recent data.
The national average is10.5 gun deaths per 100,000 residents. But that number varies widely from state to state.
The Kaiser Family Foundation assembled a table of statistics from the CDC on 2015 mortality rates from firearms in each state. Kaiser combined various firearm-related causes of death, including assault by firearm, police shootings, suicide by firearm, and accidental discharges.
• States with the highest rate include Alaska (23.4) and Louisiana (20.5). Alaska doesn’t require residents to have a permit for carrying concealed weapons, while Louisiana does (but only for certain handguns and rifles).
This map shows the number of gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents in each state in 2015:
- Andy Kiersz
Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this story.