Ohio data

The information below is taken from the CDC Wonder website. Their data is provided for years up to and including 2018.*

*2019 data should be available by early 2021.

US FIREARM DEATHS

10 Year US Total Deaths:

2009 Total Deaths: 31,347

2018 Total Deaths: 39,740

2009-2018 Comparison: +27%

10 Year US Suicide Deaths:

2009 Suicide Deaths: 18,735

2019 Suicide Deaths: 24,432

2009-2018 Comparison: +30%

10 Year US Homicide Deaths:

2009 Homicide Deaths: 11,493

2018 Homicide Deaths: 13,958

2009-2018 Comparison: +21%

OHIO FIREARM DEATHS

10 Year Ohio Total Deaths:

2009 Total Deaths:    991*

2018 Total Deaths: 1,555

2009-2018 Comparison: +57%

10 Year Ohio Suicide Deaths:

2009 Suicide Deaths:  590*

2019 Suicide Deaths:  962

2009-2018 Comparison: +63%

10 Year Ohio Homicide Deaths:

2009 Homicide Deaths:  366* 

2018 Homicide Deaths:  548

2009-2018 Comparison: +50%

US & OHIO FIREARM DEATH RATES

10 Year US Death Rates

2009 US Crude Rate: 10.21/100k

2018 US Crude Rate: 12.1/100k

2009-2018 Comparison: +18.5%

10 Year Ohio Death Rates

2009 OH Crude Rate:   8.59/100k*

2018 OH Crude Rate: 13.3/100k

2009-2018 Comparison: +55%

Comparing Ohio to Overall US Rate:

2009: Ohio rate was 16% below US rate*

2018: Ohio rate was 10% above US rate 

*A Note about 2009

2009 was an unusually low year for gun related deaths in Ohio. Accordingly 2009 is not as representative as other years as a base for comparison. The dramatic effect of comparing 2018 with 2009 is reduced somewhat by comparing 2018 with 2008 instead. The 2008 figure of 1,115 total deaths in Ohio was almost exactly the average for the 5 year period of 2007-2011. And in 2008 Ohio's crude firearm death rate was accordingly higher at 9.67/100k. Comparing 2008 to 2018 would render the following comparisons: 

11 Year US Total Deaths

2008-2018 Comparison: +26%

11 Year Ohio Total Deaths

2008-2018 Comparison: +39%

11 Year US Death Rates

2008-2018 Comparison: +17%

11 Year Ohio Death Rates

2008-2018 Comparison: +37.5%

Comparing Ohio to Overall US Rate:

2008: Ohio rate was 7% below US rate (10.38/100k).

2018: Ohio rate was 10% above US rate.

CONCLUSIONS

Clearly, even after accounting for unusually low gun deaths in Ohio in 2009, the following conclusions are justified:

  • despite a small decrease in 2018, gun deaths in both the US and Ohio increased significantly over 10 years;

  • the last 4 years have shown the most dramatic overall increases as compared to the previous years;

  • whether we go back 10 years or 11 years, the gun death rate in Ohio increased at more than double the pace of the overall US gun death rate;

  • at the beginning of this period Ohio's gun death rate was significantly below the overall US rate, and at the end of the period Ohio's gun death rate was significantly above the overall US rate;

  • years of policies and laws that promote easy access to guns and the proliferation of guns into more hands and more places have not made Ohioans safer; in fact the data shows that firearms are an increasing threat to Ohioans' safety.

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