681
gun deaths in Mississippi, including
76
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
47%
Homicides comprised nearly half of all gun deaths
46%
Suicides comprised nearly half of all gun deaths
82%
of gun death victims were male
1st
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 700 Mississippians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly two people every day. Suicides were 46% of the gun deaths and homicides were 47%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 12.13 to 18.33
  • 18.34 to 24.54
  • 24.55 to 30.75
  • 30.76 to 36.89
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Mississippi, Coahoma County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Jefferson Davis County and Washington County.

Conversely, Stone County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Oktibbeha County and Lafayette County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

320
firearm homicides in 2018, including
46
children and teens
2nd
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly half of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

313
firearm suicides in 2018, including
24
children and teens
18th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly half of all gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 3/4 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

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Additional Information

Notes

  • All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with different age distributions.
  • All data is from 2018, the most recent year of data available, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated September 2020