The 15 states with the most gun deaths

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Mass shootings often dominated news headlines in 2015, continuing an alarming upward trend. As a result, gun control will likely continue to be one of the principal hot-button issues surrounding the 2016 election. Nearly 70 percent of respondents polled by Reuters/Ipsos in December 2015 said gun control needed to be addressed. It’s clearly an issue at the forefront of many Americans’ minds.

Of course, the gun control debate hits closer to home for some people than for others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intermittently releases data on firearm-related deaths. InsideGov examined 2014 data from the CDC — the most recent data set available — on firearm-related deaths to see where the most people were killed in shootings, including self-inflicted deaths. We ranked all 50 states in reverse order by firearm-related deaths per 100K individuals. Note: Ties in 2014 data were broken based on 2013 data. The state with a higher firearm death rate in 2013 was ranked higher.

#15. Kentucky

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.82013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.7Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#14. West Virginia

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.52013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.3Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#13. Nevada

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.72013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 13.8Percent increase/decrease: +7%

#12. Tennessee

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.72013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.4Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#11. Missouri

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.22013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 14.4Percent increase/decrease: +6%

#10. South Carolina

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.52013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.2Percent increase/decrease: +2%

#9. Oklahoma

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.62013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.5Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#8. New Mexico

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.82013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.5Percent increase/decrease: +2%

#7. Montana

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 15.82013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.7Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#6. Wyoming

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.02013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.7Percent increase/decrease: -4%

#5. Arkansas

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.42013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.8Percent increase/decrease: -2%

#4. Alabama

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 16.72013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 17.6Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#3. Mississippi

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.02013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 17.8Percent increase/decrease: +1%

#2. Alaska

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.82013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 19.8Percent increase/decrease: -5%

#1. Louisiana

2014 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 18.92013 firearm-related deaths per 100K people: 19.3Percent increase/decrease: -2%Explore More Policy Issues on InsideGov