New research shows more people have died in Michigan from shootings than car accidents for the third year in a row.
In 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data was available, Michigan recorded 1,156 gun deaths and 1,016 motor vehicle deaths, according to an analysis from the Violence Policy Center.Gun deaths include gun suicides, homicides and fatal unintentional shootings; motor vehicle deaths include both occupants and pedestrians.
Michigan is among 13 other states where the number of shooting deaths is higher than the amount of deaths caused by car accidents.This is the third year the center has issued its annual report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. Previous reports found there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in Michigan both in 2009 and 2010.
More than 90 percent of American households own a car, while little more than a third of American households have a gun, according to researchers