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Gun deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

A new analysis by the Violence Policy Center finds that gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee and 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia.
The VPC analysis refers to gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available. Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The analysis found that in 2013, there were 17 states where there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming, along with the District of Columbia.
More than 90 percent of American households own a car while fewer than a third of American households have a gun. Americans’ exposure to motor vehicles vastly outweighs their exposure to firearms. Yet nationwide, there were 33,636 gun deaths and 35,612 motor vehicle deaths in 2013.
In Tennessee, the latest data available shows 94 percent of households have a car and 46 percent of households have a gun. Yet even though motor vehicles are far more prevalent than guns, there were 1,030 gun deaths and 1,027 motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee in 2013.
Motor vehicle deaths are on a long-term decline nationwide, thanks to implementation of public health-based injury prevention strategies over the past several decades. Meanwhile, guns are the only consumer product the federal government does not regulate for health and safety.
The NRA annual meeting that took place in Nashville from April 10-12 included the largest firearms industry trade show of new weaponry open to the public, where gun companies featured military-style, semiautomatic weapons with high-capacity ammunition magazines.
VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, explained his organization’s position before the NRA gathering was held.
The NRA website promises “the most spectacular displays of firearms, shooting and hunting accessories in the world” and encourages attendees to “bring your whole family,” he had said. “The NRA is planning a big party in Nashville this weekend, but in reality there is nothing to celebrate.
“Our analysis exposes the shameful fact that you are more likely to be killed with a gun than in a motor vehicle crash in Tennessee and 16 other states.
“The time has come to stand up to the NRA and its corporate sponsors in the gun industry and regulate firearms for health and safety, just as we regulate motor vehicles and all other consumer products.”
This is the fourth year the VPC has issued its annual report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. Gun deaths include gun suicides, homicides, and fatal unintentional shootings; motor vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians. The full report can be viewed at:
http://www.vpc.org/studies/gunsvscars15.pdf
States where gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 2013
Alaska: 144 gun deaths, 66 motor vehicle deaths; Arizona: 941 gun deaths, 863 motor vehicle deaths; Colorado: 619 gun deaths, 514 motor vehicle deaths; District of Columbia: 71 gun deaths, 30 motor vehicle deaths; Indiana: 857 gun deaths, 840 motor vehicle deaths; Louisiana: 886 gun deaths, 767 motor vehicle deaths; Maryland: 578 gun deaths, 531 motor vehicle deaths; Michigan: 1,190 gun deaths, 1,063 motor vehicle deaths; Missouri: 880 gun deaths, 781 motor vehicle deaths; Nevada: 395 gun deaths, 281 motor vehicle deaths; Ohio: 1,289 gun deaths, 1,144 motor vehicle deaths; Oregon: 462 gun deaths, 363 motor vehicle deaths; Pennsylvania: 1,451 gun deaths, 1,340 motor vehicle deaths; Tennessee: 1,030 gun deaths, 1,027 motor vehicle deaths; Utah: 339 gun deaths, 234 motor vehicle deaths;j Virginia: 864 gun deaths, 780 motor vehicle deaths; Washington: 632 gun deaths, 540 motor vehicle deaths; Wyoming: 102 gun deaths, 92 motor vehicle deaths.
New Life Artists Display Work at Hospital
New Life artists, George Goff and Phillip Relford, recently contributed their artwork to be displayed at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester-Cardiac Rehab. The artists are very happy to share their acrylic on canvas heart with patients and visitors to the hospital.
—Photo provided
Tennessee revenue collections fell short of budgeted expectations in March.
Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported that overall March revenues were $943.7 million, which is $15.6 million less than the state budgeted. Total tax collections in March were 1.26 percent below the previous year.
“March collections reflect weaker than anticipated revenues from the sales tax category due to the severe ice storms which occurred in February,” Martin said. “We believe this is an isolated occurrence and that consumer spending will reflect somewhat normal growth next month. Franchise and Excise collections were above budgeted estimates for March and, taken as a group, all other tax collections exceeded budgeted estimates for the month as well.”
On an accrual basis, March is the eighth month in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The general fund was under-collected by $16 million and the four other funds were over collected by $0.4 million.
Sales tax collections were $32.5 million less than the estimate for March. The March growth rate was negative 3.17 percent. For eight months revenues are over collected by $117.8 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was positive 5.67 percent.
Franchise and excise taxes combined were $6.9 million above the budgeted estimate of $189.4 million. For eight months revenues are over collected by $172.2 million. The year-to-date growth rate for eight months was a positive 24.45 percent.
Gasoline and motor fuel collections for March decreased by 4.96 percent and were $3.2 million above the budgeted estimate. For eight months revenues are over collected by $17.7 million.
Tobacco taxes collections were $0.3 million under the budgeted estimate of $21.4 million. For eight months revenues are under collected in the amount of $6.2 million.
Inheritance and estate taxes were over collected by $3.2 million for the month. Year-to-date collections for eight months are $15.2 million more than the budgeted estimate.
Privilege tax collections were $2.3 million less than the March estimate, and on a year-to-date basis, August through March, collections are $0.2 million above the estimate.
Business tax collections were $8.0 million above the March estimate.
All other taxes were under collected by a net of 1.8 million.
Year-to-date collections for eight months were $354.2 million more than the budgeted estimate.
The general fund was over-collected by $320.5 million and the four other funds were over-collected by $33.7 million.