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Hawaii has 2nd lowest gun death rate in the nation

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:28 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) >> A nonprofit that advocates for gun control says Hawaii has the second to the lowest gun death rate in the nation.

The Violence Policy Center says that's based on data released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on overall gun death rates in 2011, the most recent data available. 

Hawaii's gun death rate was 3.56 per 100,000 people. The nationwide gun death rate was 10.38 per 100,000 people.

The center says Louisiana had the highest per capita gun death rate while Rhode Island had the lowest. 

According to the center, Hawaii is among the states with strong gun violence prevention laws and low rates of gun ownership. 

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Tempmanoa wrote:
Is this due to gun regulations? It has more to do with a smaller portion of the population owning guns in Hawaii. The smaller the proportion of the population owning guns, then the lower the gun death rate.
on June 19,2014 | 04:42AM
keola2011 wrote:
"Hawaii's gun death rate was 3.56 per 100,000 people. The nationwide gun death rate was 10.38 per 100,000 people."
on June 19,2014 | 06:32AM
inHilo wrote:
Not much of an article, so it leaves plenty of questions. If it's true, as Tempmanoa points out, that the smaller proportion of gun owners results in or is tied to a lower death rate, we at least need to know what proportion of people in Hawaii own guns, not just the death rate per 100,000. Even with the added numbers, that still leaves the possibility of other causes, such as a cultural influence, that could be affecting the rate of gun fatalities. Good luck trying to identify cultural influences, especially in a multi-cultural environment such as ours, in a newspaper story that runs about 100 words. Besides cultural influences, you'd also have to look at economic conditions and political struggles, to name just two of many contributing factors.
on June 19,2014 | 07:02AM
kk808 wrote:
on June 19,2014 | 09:18AM
HIE wrote:
You are correct. The less guns, the lower the gun death rate. And that is contrary to the claim by NRA and gun nuts that more armed people = less gun deaths. If you want to know gun advocates real, true thoughts on that, try taking a loaded gun into a major gun show. You would think that if it were true that the safest place is where everyone is armed, they would allow everyone to be armed and loaded in a gun show -- thus it would be the safest place in the world. Not the case.
on June 19,2014 | 07:59AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Actually this report may be a bit biased. Louisiana is nowhere close to having the most guns per capita and yet it has the highest gun death rate. Wyoming which also has a high death rate is a state with one of the lowest gun ownership rate. Hawaii actually has a relatively high rate of gun ownership yet it has a low death rate.
on June 19,2014 | 08:38AM
I would love to see those statistics your looking at. If our state's gun laws are so restrictive, I would hesitate to say we have a "relatively high rate of gun ownership"
on June 19,2014 | 12:44PM
Is that a direct effect of tighter gun regulations. Dont try and spin the analysis by injecting a cause vs effect.
on June 19,2014 | 12:41PM
koolau wrote:
This article is obviously slanted to justify our constrictive gun laws without taking into consideration the culture of our people as a likely strong contributor to the low numbers. Imagine that of other states like Louisiana compared to the people of Hawai'i.
on June 19,2014 | 04:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
So you're saying Louisiana's culture is killing each other? Bad for tourism.
on June 19,2014 | 06:23AM
koolau wrote:
I'm not saying anymore than what is printed. You can read into it in any slanted manner you desire. Whatever that may be, it reflects the capacity of your sophistication, or lack thereof.
on June 19,2014 | 09:04AM
saveparadise wrote:
lol, Well said.
on June 19,2014 | 10:47AM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
That's why I'm not going to Louisiana for this years vacation.
on June 19,2014 | 06:39AM
Slow wrote:
Louisiana is great...as long as you are packing a loaded gun or two. The only armed Waikiki visitor we have had was Christopher Deedy.
on June 19,2014 | 07:17AM
yhls wrote:
The story is misleading and inaccurate. There are many people who own guns in Hawaii and we have experienced record sales of firearms in recent years. Yes, we have restrictive gun laws, but that doesn't stop people from buying firearms. One report said there were something like 1 million guns in Hawaii! What accounts for the low level of gun violence is our culture and sense of community and connectedness to one another.
on June 19,2014 | 06:07AM
keola2011 wrote:
Your statement is misleading and inaccurate. The proliferation of gun ownership in Hawaii can't surmount that of other states. Restrictive gun laws doesn't stop people from buying firearms but it sure does make it difficult for them. I do agree on the factors like culture and sense of community though.
on June 19,2014 | 06:35AM
melane3 wrote:
Hawaii and Rhode Island have the lowest number of guns and lowest number of guns per capita in the US. This is the salient reason for the low level of gun violence in the islands. It is stunning to read about all the stabbings in Hawaii recently, with numerous attacks reported this just this year. If Hawaii had a "normal" level of US gun ownership, one rationally could assume that many of these stabbing attacks would have been shooting attacks.
on June 19,2014 | 06:48AM
saveparadise wrote:
Any person reading this story and making their own conclusions is purely opinion based. It could just mean that the people in Hawaii don't shoot to kill or can't hit the side of a barn. There is no count on the amount of shootings or accidental deaths, nor death by suicide. Not enough information to make any conclusions other than Hawaii has the lowest gun death rate in the nation according to the source and the author. Hard to take seriously.
on June 19,2014 | 10:54AM
Maybe you should take the story for what it is worth. Let go with the statistics and leave the opinions out of it.
on June 19,2014 | 12:47PM
soundofreason wrote:
That and the fact that people would have to roll of the couch to use them. So, THAT ain't happening.
on June 19,2014 | 07:05AM
false wrote:
on June 19,2014 | 07:41AM
krusha wrote:
No brainer there. Less guns equals less gun violence. Hopefully the people on the mainland will eventually catch on to this. You also see this correlation with other developed countries in the world.
on June 19,2014 | 06:56AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
In Poland, where no one is allowed to have guns, they have high murder rates not caused by guns but by humans with machetes. Simply removing the availability of one weapon does not reduce violent crime. That just gives criminals an advantage. Violent crimes are what we need to reduce. Tuscon Arizona has a much lower violent crime rate when compared to Hawaii. Why? Because everyone in Tuscon is allowed to carry a firearm or a machete...
on June 19,2014 | 07:19AM
kinkyhobo wrote:
livinginhawaii, where did you get the figures that Tuscon has a much lower violent crime rate than Hawaii? I checked with FBI, U.S. Census, and several University studies and every single one listed a higher rate for Tuscon as compared to Hawaii. In fact if you try to even out the numbers by listing it as a ratio per 100,000 persons, the number still has Tuscon having a higher number. Would like to see your info.
on June 19,2014 | 08:57AM
We have a story in regards to gun deaths and you want to bend the story and its statistic into a way that changes the whole scheme of what the story is trying to educate the people on.
on June 19,2014 | 12:51PM
soundofreason wrote:
"According to the center, Hawaii is among the states with strong gun violence prevention laws and low rates of gun ownership. ">>>With one tenth of our population BEING military BEFORE adding private citizens who own guns, I seriously doubt these stats.
on June 19,2014 | 07:03AM
Slow wrote:
Fewer guns means less gun violence. I guess that logical conclusion eludes many. Like soundofreason who simply doesn't believe it. Paul Simon: A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. Probably lots of guns means less gun violence. Have I got that right? I want my constitutionally guaranteed BAZOOKA!
on June 19,2014 | 07:22AM
false wrote:
If fewer guns mean less violence, how do you account for much lower violent crime rates in states where people can obtain concealed carry permits? (FBI stats)
on June 19,2014 | 07:45AM
kinkyhobo wrote:
False, what year crime data are you looking at? The few most recent years don't seem to support your claim. Is the data your referring to at the official FBI website? Please elaborate and give a link to data?
on June 19,2014 | 09:05AM
TigerEye wrote:
Great job--referencing Paul Simon in a gun control debate. That's strong stuff, sir.
on June 19,2014 | 11:49AM
soundofreason wrote:
Don't ramble on with an unrelated paragraph. Address what I said.
on June 19,2014 | 07:32PM
9ronboz wrote:
It says a lot. Meaning, the gun don't kill, it's the people with the gun kill.
on June 19,2014 | 07:40AM
Lamscorp wrote:
What are the comparable rates of home invasion, car theft, domestic violence, rape, assault, murder, etc? Do states with restrictive gun laws have favorable crime rates?
on June 19,2014 | 07:43AM
Guess you need to wait for that story, till then lets concentrate on the story at hand.
on June 19,2014 | 12:53PM
Lamscorp wrote:
That's my point. There isn't a story because it doesn't provide any useful information. Our newspaper found some useless information on an anti-gun website, re-posted as it was useful, not even bothering to provide the source. Shoddy journalism at best.
on June 19,2014 | 02:18PM
downtown wrote:
The article just cited facts and statements from a report. Here's the link to the report. http://vpc.org/press/1406gundeath.htm Read it yourself. On the other hand... http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20140619_Officers_arrest_suspect_in_Makaha_armed_robbery.html?id=263837041
on June 19,2014 | 07:47AM
Lamscorp wrote:
Thanks Downtown for the link. As indicated by earlier posts, just another agenda driven article without data. Who were the recipients of the gun violence? How many of the deaths were from police shootings, etc?
on June 19,2014 | 07:58AM
kalaoa wrote:
A lot of violent crimes, whatever the weapon, are related to drugs, and related gangs. How does that factor into the "rate" which is so nebulous and without comparisons that becomes meaningless in helping to sort out the conditions that could lead to mitigation. Just a number in a vacuum. I gun regulations are relational to crime statistics, then how does the rate match with the "severity" (whatever that is) of the laws? Must mean the most restrictive state has the lowest "rate". True or not true?
on June 19,2014 | 08:06AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
It's easier to create a totalitarian system on an island...
on June 19,2014 | 09:06AM
blkdrgn wrote:
I believe it's a culture thing. We have less violence than most places. Put guns into that mix and gun violence will be very low. I don't believe it's because we have a lower count of guns but it's about who owns the guns. We have lot's of legal abiding gun owners and less hardcore gangs such as the Cartels and criminals compared to elsewhere.
on June 19,2014 | 10:39AM
blkdrgn wrote:
How much of 3.56 deaths per 100,000 people is by suicide and by criminals? How do you stop a criminal from owning a gun? We have one of the strictest gun laws in the U.S.
on June 19,2014 | 10:51AM
st1d wrote:
all this feckless grandstanding over the illusion of lifesaving benefits of stringent firearm legislation exposes society's duplicity in legislating public safety.

deaths by motor vehicles outnumber deaths by firearms each year. three times as many deaths by motor vehicles, yet, the anti-gun lobby is silent when it comes to strengthening motor vehicle laws to protect lives.

on June 19,2014 | 02:37PM
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