The results are in, newly available data from 2015 has revealed that Louisiana has the second highest gun death rates in the nation with 20.38 gun deaths per 100,000. That is only 3.6 deaths per capita short of the number one spot – in a competition you don’t want to win.

Nationwide the gun death rate has risen 7% from 2014 and Louisiana is contributing more than its fair share to this statistic. Sadly, this firearm death rate was largely due to increased firearm homicides – where 17.8% more lives were lost in 2015 than the previous year. Many may wonder how the citizens of Louisiana could allow this to happen?  Well it’s not surprising that Louisiana has some of the laxest gun laws in the United States. People love to argue that this does not effect gun death rates in the least, but the facts prove otherwise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control released data showing that time and time again stronger gun laws correlate with lower gun rates while the opposite correlation of lax laws and high death rates proves to be just as true.

So now you may ask, how do we save our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens from the dangers of gun violence? What can we do to reverse these rising death trends? The answer is simple:  Stronger gun regulations. We need to keep guns out of dangerous hands, it is essential for decreasing gun death rates not only within our state boarders but across the nation. For more on the CDC’s most recent data, see the report by the Violence Policy Center.