Weak gun control laws lead to high rate of gun violence in SC

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013

South Carolina has the sixth-highest rate of gun violence in the country, according to a new state-by-state analysis of gun violence released April 3 by the Center for American Progress.

The report, released at an event in Charleston and a series of public events across the nation, examines how each of the 50 states fare across 10 key gun-violence indicators such as firearm deaths among children, firearm homicides among women, and law-enforcement agents feloniously killed with a firearm, among others. The analysis ranks each state according to the rate of each indicator of gun violence. These rankings are then compiled to create an overall aggregate ranking of the states across all 10 indicators.

The analysis finds that South Carolina:

• Had the fourth-highest rate of women murdered by guns from 2001 through 2010

• Had the fifth-highest rate of cops killed by guns from 2002 through 2011

When the overall state ranking for the prevalence of gun violence is compared with a November 2012 Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranking of states based on the strength of their gun laws, the comparison reveals a significant correlation between high rates of gun violence and weak state gun laws. Key findings from the national comparison include:

• The 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high — 104 percent higher — than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.

• Of the 10 states with the strongest gun laws, nine are among the 25 states with the lowest levels of gun violence, including six of the 10 with the very lowest levels.

To highlight the report, CAP Action principals held events in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Reno, South Bend, Tucson and outside Philadelphia to discuss the report’s findings while standing alongside survivors of gun violence, mayors, law-enforcement officials, faith leaders and students who talked about why preventing future gun violence is important to their communities.

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