A new study has found that West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee had an unusually high rate of unintentional gun deaths from 2004 to 2013, and no safe-storage gun laws.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health did not set out to study gun deaths, but were investigating each state’s unique type of injury-related death, notes NBC News.
The researchers came to their conclusion while culling fatal injury statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
”If one part of the country is seeing more incidents of death than the rest of the country, it to me highlights an area for prevention," Sara Heins, a John Hopkins doctorate student and researcher, said.
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The study also showed that California, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah had a top result of "firearm, legal intervention," which is when law enforcement is involved in a gun death.
There is no U.S. government database for police shootings, but The Guardian maintains a website, The Counted, which notes the number of people killed by police based on media reports.
As of March 1, The Counted says that 173 Americans have been killed by police.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 16 police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the U.S. as of March 1.