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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: 343505

Reported Deaths: 7543
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds23932444
DeSoto23229283
Harrison20527329
Rankin15411291
Jackson15232252
Madison10959227
Lee10719179
Jones9047169
Forrest8723159
Lauderdale7884244
Lowndes7054151
Lamar702989
Lafayette6548124
Washington5595139
Pearl River5196152
Bolivar4954134
Oktibbeha494398
Panola4771112
Warren4728128
Marshall4701106
Pontotoc447773
Union433279
Monroe4330137
Neshoba4281181
Hancock428088
Lincoln4176116
Pike3667113
Leflore3627125
Tate353388
Alcorn350974
Sunflower347694
Scott341176
Adams340988
Yazoo339376
Copiah324968
Simpson322891
Itawamba314680
Coahoma314085
Tippah306568
Prentiss298863
Covington293484
Leake285475
Marion284181
Wayne277543
George272251
Grenada269488
Newton262364
Tishomingo239770
Winston236784
Jasper230648
Stone229637
Attala226373
Chickasaw219060
Holmes200174
Clay197654
Clarke186880
Tallahatchie183742
Calhoun181332
Smith179235
Yalobusha171540
Walthall145748
Lawrence142826
Greene140134
Amite137543
Noxubee135235
Perry133538
Montgomery133044
Carroll126431
Webster121232
Jefferson Davis116734
Tunica114227
Benton106725
Claiborne105331
Kemper102429
Humphreys100133
Franklin87923
Quitman84719
Choctaw82619
Wilkinson78032
Jefferson71328
Sharkey51618
Issaquena1736
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 577463

Reported Deaths: 11510
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson841981589
Mobile47171860
Madison37047533
Tuscaloosa26915465
Shelby26873256
Montgomery25918625
Baldwin24499328
Lee16949181
Calhoun15252332
Morgan15017290
Etowah14778370
Marshall12933235
Houston11774292
Elmore10761217
St. Clair10617252
Limestone10574158
Cullman10363205
Lauderdale10083254
DeKalb9382191
Talladega8836188
Walker7681287
Autauga7479114
Jackson7317117
Blount7266139
Colbert6635142
Coffee6163132
Dale5453117
Russell470642
Chilton4682117
Covington4649125
Franklin450081
Tallapoosa4440156
Escambia427882
Chambers3898125
Dallas3717163
Clarke367763
Marion3427106
Pike327879
Lawrence3225101
Winston294973
Bibb284565
Geneva276383
Marengo259967
Barbour246261
Pickens240062
Butler238272
Hale232778
Fayette225264
Henry209245
Monroe197241
Randolph196744
Cherokee196348
Washington180139
Macon168752
Crenshaw165558
Clay163759
Cleburne160245
Lamar149938
Lowndes144854
Wilcox130531
Bullock126142
Conecuh119630
Coosa116929
Perry109928
Sumter109032
Greene98736
Choctaw64325
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