Gun Violence: Missouri One of Worst States With High Crime Rates, Weak Laws (REPORT)

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Is it too easy to get guns in Missouri?
Though top Republicans in Missouri are devoting a lot of time and money to protect the privacy of gun owners, a new report says that officials in the state have a much bigger problem they need to address: really high rates of gun violence supported by very weak laws.

The Center for American Progress released a report yesterday analyzing gun violence and gun laws in all 50 states -- and found that Missouri is one of the top ten worst in several areas.

"The best way to prevent gun violence is to ensure that dangerous people and criminals that are not permitted to have guns can't get them in the first place," Chelsea Parsons, a co-author of the study, tells Daily RFT.

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The report, called America Under the Gun, from the liberal institute based in Washington, D.C., has a number of alarming statistics about gun violence in Missouri that its authors say should encourage lawmakers here to enact more sensible policies.

Overall, Missouri was No. 8 for the highest level of gun violence, according to the report, which analyzed a range of 2010 gun-violence indicators, including overall firearm deaths, homicides, suicides, law-enforcement gun fatalities, crime-gun export rates and more. The full report and a Missouri-specific fact sheet are on view below.

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Missouri had the fourth-highest rate of homicides with a firearm in the country, with 5.6 homicides per 100,000 people. That is 56 percent above the national average.

Further, the state had the fifth-highest rate of aggravated assaults with a firearm in 2011, with 5,290 cases. The report says that comes out to one case every 90 minutes.

Some other noteworthy Missouri numbers, straight from the report:

-From 2001 through 2010, 7,525 people were killed by guns in Missouri. That is almost 50 percent more than the number of U.S. combat deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

-In 2010 there were 335 gun murders in the state, or one almost every day.

-Missouri had the sixth-highest rate of gun deaths among children ages 0-18 in 2010. Tragically, 62 children were killed by guns in 2010 alone.

-As of 2010, Missouri's rate of females murdered by guns was eighth worst in the nation.

"These are really disturbing numbers," says Parsons, associate director of crime and firearms policy at the center.

Continue for more of our interview with Chelsea Parsons and for the full reports.

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Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

If we see an end to the illegal marijuana trade - something that NORML is working on for 2014 - we may just see a lot of violence drop off.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

Yes, violent crime has not followed national trends in KC or StL, a good part of the reason why is many scores seem to be getting settled. A recent shooting around the corner from me involved four men breaking into the house of a recent parolee who was executed in front of his family but 'nobody saw nuthin'.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

Hey, if anyone here tends to vote Democratic and likes firearms in private hands, my I suggest http://www.facebook.com/dgocofmo Expect things from us going forward, get in on the ground floor to remove the issue of firearms ownership from politics!

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Has it worked anywhere. ? Crimals dont care about gun laws.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

MO. is one of the highest and Il. is one of the lowest? You only need to watch the news to know that's a bunch of BS.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

this is an argument that liberals throw out, but in reality it's crap. look at the murder rates for iowa, indiana, etc. states that border the chicago area. they are MUCH lower than chicago. so...if less guns = less crime...why do the states that have all the guns have less crime? it's black people killing each other. period. it's an uncomfortable fact.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

the guns arent the problem you fucking idiots. the criminalistic mind, is the problem. criminals will always get their guns and commit crime no matter what. gun laws are only gonna hurt the good people from getting theirs and defending themselves. TAKE THAT TO VEGAS AND BET THE HOUSE ON THIS ONE. !!!

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Well lets discuss...we have lax gun laws and a ton of people with CCI permits and evidently they are using their guns to stop any of it. And that is the status quo currently, so we need to change it. The opposite of LAX laws, would be STIFFER laws. So why not try it out for a bit. And Chicago is mob run and has been since Capone, they are a horrible example of baseball and Life in general.

Steven Simpson-Black
Steven Simpson-Black

Most of the illegal guns in Illinois come from out of state because of lax regulations and background checks. Most of the thugs in Chicago get their guns from Gary, Indiana. Have you tried getting a gun in Illinois?

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

as long as blacks keep saying "crime happens everywhere" instead of dealing with the FACT that most of it happens in their neighborhoods, no amount of control will solve anything.

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

Fix poverty, improve education, and have youth violence intervention programs to stop the problem.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Works for Illinois with Chicago's low crime rate... oh wait...

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

No. Given the percentage of gun crimes that occur in a handful of neighborhoods and involve gang members or repeat offenders, better policing is the answer, not disarming law abiding citizens.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

LOL @ Matt... been down St Louis Ave lately ?

Matt Myers
Matt Myers

I think less people coming over from East st louis to do their dirty work would help...

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