Tennessee Top State in Gun Crime Rate

People were more likely to be victims of a violent gun crime in Tennessee than in any other state in the nation, according to a Tennessean analysis of FBI statistics.
Only Washington, D.C., had a higher rate of gun violence. Tennessee came out worst in the nation in the rate at which its residents are victims of aggravated assaults with a firearm and fifth-worst in robberies.
(Tennessee had 13,132 gun crimes in 2010, according to the FBI figures, which translates into a rate of almost 214 gun crimes per 100,000 residents. Washington, D.C. had a rate of 377 per 100,000 population. But other states were all lower than Tennessee with Delaware (189) and South Carolina (185) listed as next in line.)
…The high rate is difficult to explain. Officials at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation declined to comment, saying they didn’t collect that data and couldn’t comment on analysis the agency hadn’t performed.
Academia doesn’t offer much help, either.
“You would almost have to go in and look at every individual crime report across the nation,” said Don Green, executive director of the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center.
But Green offered three possibilities for the high rate: better police reporting, a large number of gang and drug-related crimes, or perhaps Tennessee’s high rate of gun ownership.
“One thing you could say would be if there are a number of firearms accessible to individuals, then they would be more inclined to use those during a heated argument,” Green said.

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