California and Texas tops the list for the states with the most firearm-related murders, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 2011, there were 1,220 murders involving a firearm in California, the FBI’s Crime in the United States 2011 report reveals. Firearms accounted for 68.1 percent of all murders in the state. All other incidents involving knives or cutting instruments, other weapons, or hands, fist, or feet (including pushing) account for 31.8 percent of the homicides in California.
Behind California is Texas, with 699 firearm-related murders, or 64 percent of all murders.
Ranked third is Pennsylvania whose murder total related to guns is 470, a higher percentage (73.8 percent of all murders) than California and Texas. Every other non-firearm related murder was in the double digits.
A little more than half (57.4 percent) of all murders in New York are gun-related (445). Yet, although as a percentage of all murders gun-related murders are lower than Pennsylvania, overall, the Empire State had 774 murders occur within its borders in 2011 (compared to Pennsylvania’s 636).
In Michigan, 450 murders were gun-related. Over half of those (59.3 percent) were related to handguns.
Top 10 States with Firearm-related Murders
1. California – 1,220
2. Texas – 699
3. Pennsylvania – 470
4. New York – 445
5. Michigan – 450
6. Louisiana – 402
7. Illinois – 377
8. Georgia – 370
9. Ohio – 344
10. North Carolina – 335
In Connecticut, where the December 2012 Sandyhook Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead happened, there were 128 murders and 94 of them involved guns. In Hawaii, there were only seven murders and one involved a firearm. In Vermont, there were eight murders and half involved a firearm. Vermont and Hawaii had the least amount of gun-related murders in 2011.