Mississippi fourth highest rate of gun deaths

A new study released just days ago says the gun death rate in Mississippi is higher than in 46 other states. Some feel that gun ownership and usage is out of control. But others feel it’s just not about the guns.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 7:08 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2018 7:27 PM

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that there is a right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense. Since then, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center, gun deaths nationwide have increased 17 percent, at just 12 deaths per 100,000 people. Americans, says the VPC, are facing an escalating gun crisis. In Mississippi, where there’s a gun in more than half of homes, that rate is even higher, just under 20 deaths per 100,000.

On the other hand, many say that it's just not about the guns themselves.


Tim Oswalt co-owns and operates Tombigbee Gun and Pawn in Amory. A master sergeant in the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, he's also a firearms instructors -- and says it's just not right to blame the guns.

"Blaming a gun for somebody's death is like blaming a fork or spoon on somebody being fat, or blaming a car on killing somebody when the driver's actually DUI," says Oswalt. "It's not the car's fault; it's the person operating it."

"You can put all kind of stipulations on buying guns," he adds. "You can put all kind of regulations on them, but the bad guys are going to get guns, no matter what we do."

Oswalt also says its about the bigger picture - a constitutionally-protected right.

"Second Amendment all the way. I think we have a right to bear arms, I think we have a right to protect our families, to protect our lives, and to protect our country."

“So, Second Amendment or not, is it about the guns, or is there some other factor leading to higher gun death rates? It may some time before we know the answer to that question. And even then, we may have to ask ourselves, is it the RIGHT question?

FINAL NOTE: In Alabama, the gun death rate is even HIGHER. More than 21 people died per 100,000 people in the state - making it the SECOND highest gun death rate in the nation.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 514171

Reported Deaths: 10285
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34920557
DeSoto33270432
Hinds32652642
Jackson24876391
Rankin22516404
Lee16366245
Madison14932283
Jones14129247
Forrest13785260
Lauderdale12279324
Lowndes11314193
Lamar10663140
Pearl River9720244
Lafayette8855143
Hancock7839132
Washington7553169
Oktibbeha7216138
Monroe7036179
Pontotoc7003109
Warren6872178
Panola6768135
Neshoba6732210
Marshall6686142
Bolivar6451151
Union640898
Pike5933156
Alcorn5887107
Lincoln5533136
George510380
Prentiss505385
Tippah492783
Itawamba4857107
Scott478199
Adams4771125
Tate4765117
Leflore4736144
Copiah457095
Yazoo456692
Simpson4554117
Wayne443172
Covington434695
Sunflower4315106
Marion4279112
Coahoma4238109
Leake414090
Newton395782
Tishomingo384894
Grenada3777109
Stone365766
Jasper340866
Attala338790
Winston317892
Chickasaw316167
Clay312578
Clarke301295
Calhoun285949
Holmes271889
Smith269452
Yalobusha244247
Tallahatchie232053
Greene224749
Walthall221866
Lawrence219141
Perry213456
Amite209857
Webster206248
Noxubee188743
Montgomery181857
Carroll174941
Jefferson Davis173843
Tunica163339
Benton153139
Kemper145041
Choctaw136727
Claiborne134439
Humphreys132139
Franklin126029
Quitman107628
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson96934
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 845761

Reported Deaths: 16119
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1161862004
Mobile742411381
Madison53315732
Shelby38351369
Baldwin38104589
Tuscaloosa36052641
Montgomery34492781
Lee25590263
Calhoun22598518
Morgan22459406
Etowah20026518
Marshall18790316
Houston17741425
St. Clair16904358
Limestone16153219
Cullman16067303
Elmore15912294
Lauderdale14991306
Talladega14209299
DeKalb12985269
Walker12067380
Blount10729192
Autauga10526157
Jackson10170194
Coffee9425192
Colbert9341208
Dale9024192
Tallapoosa7273201
Russell708865
Chilton7042170
Escambia6956143
Covington6943195
Franklin6338108
Chambers5785142
Marion5413130
Dallas5295209
Pike5123109
Clarke484886
Lawrence4831129
Winston4780110
Geneva4643136
Bibb434594
Barbour369980
Butler3439100
Marengo342393
Monroe337466
Randolph334867
Pickens333988
Fayette330085
Henry320766
Hale318489
Cherokee318363
Crenshaw260777
Washington256952
Cleburne254560
Lamar251953
Clay251169
Macon245064
Conecuh193162
Coosa185547
Lowndes178268
Wilcox177638
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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