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New Report: Mississippi Among Five States With The Highest Costs From Gun Violence Per Person


Analysis Shows States With Strong Gun Safety Laws Spend Less on Repercussions of Gun Violence Than States With Lax Laws

JACKSON —  Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund released new research detailing the economic impact of gun violence across the U.S. and by state, with Mississippi having the 2nd highest total cost per resident. The report covers immediate costs starting at the scene of a shooting; subsequent costs such as long-term physical and mental health care, lost earnings and criminal justice costs; and puts a dollar value on the pain, suffering and lost well-being of victims and their families.

The analysis also highlights that states with strong gun safety laws such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Hawaii have a lower cost for gun violence per resident than states with lax gun laws, including Mississippi. Every year, gun violence in the U.S. kills 40,000 people, wounds twice as many, and costs our nation $557 billion in an average year — including costing Mississippi $9.9 billion annually. 

For a state by state breakdown, see appendix below. Mississippi Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers are available for interviews.

“While we can’t put a number on the devastating emotional cost of gun violence, we can calculate its economic cost — and it adds up to more than half a trillion dollars a year,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “When lawmakers bow down to the NRA, the American people end up footing the bill.”

“Every single act of gun violence creates a reverberation of trauma,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “The cost of gun violence is more than just dollars and cents, but everybody ends up paying for the damage. There is more lawmakers should be doing to make sure survivors and taxpayers don’t bear the brunt of this financial burden.”

“There is no question that lives taken due to gun violence is the most costly part of this public health epidemic, but the continued economic cost weighs heavily on the country as well,” said Sarah Burd-Sharps, director of research for Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. “The research is clear: too often survivors are tasked with dealing with the physical, mental, emotional and financial cost of gun violence. But the price of inaction on gun safety exacts a steep economic cost on all taxpayers and our economy as well.” 

As survivors, families, communities, employers, and taxpayers, we all pay for the enormous costs associated with this violence, whether we own a gun or not. The daily economic consequence of the $557 billion cost of gun violence is staggering: 

  • Taxpayers, survivors, families, and employers pay an average of $7.79 million daily for medical and mental health care and transport related to gun violence and lose an estimated $147.32 million per day in work missed due to injury or death. 
  • American taxpayers pay $30.16 million every day in police and criminal justice costs.
  • Employers lose an average of $1.47 million on a daily basis in productivity, revenue, and costs to train replacements for victims of gun violence.
  • Society loses $1.34 billion daily in intangible costs from the pain and suffering of gun violence victims and their families. 

In an average year, 686 people die and 2,763 more are wounded by guns in Mississippi. More information on gun violence in Mississippi is available here, and more information on gun violence in the U.S. is available here. 

APPENDIX – Economic Cost by State

Rank (highest to lowest per person cost)StateCost (per resident per year)Total Cost (per year)
1Alaska$3,397$2.5 billion
2Mississippi$3,323$9.9 billion
3Wyoming$3,204$1.9 billion
4Alabama $3,134$15.4 billion
5New Mexico$3,133$6.6 billion
6Louisiana$3,085$14.3 billion
7Missouri$2,875$17.6 billion
8District of Columbia$2,844$2.0 billion
9Montana$2,802$3.0 billion
10South Carolina$2,716$14.0 billion
11Arkansas$2,705$8.2 billion
12Tennessee$2,633$18.0 billion
13Oklahoma$2,595$10.3 billion
14West Virginia$2,406$4.3 billion
15Georgia$2,249$23.9 billion
16Nevada$2,184$6.7 billion
17Arizona$2,180$15.9 billion
18Kentucky$2,155$9.6 billion
19Idaho$2,052$3.7 billion
20Colorado$2,039$11.7 billion
21Indiana$1,964$13.2 billion
22Kansas$1,958$5.7 billion
23Oregon$1,911$8.1 billion
24Ohio$1,904$22.3 billion
25Florida$1,878$40.3 billion
26South Dakota$1,875$1.7 billion
27North Carolina$1,855$19.5 billion
28Texas$1,769$51.3 billion
29North Dakota$1,734$1.3 billion
30Maryland$1,731$10.5 billion
31Maine$1,712$2.3 billion
32Utah$1,703$5.5 billion
33Pennsylvania$1,692$21.7 billion
34Michigan$1,683$16.8 billion
35Virginia$1,667$14.2 billion
36New Hampshire$1,631$2.2 billion
37Washington$1,559$11.9 billion
38Nebraska$1,543$3.0 billion
39Vermont$1,528$953.0 million
40Illinois$1,468$18.6 billion
41Wisconsin$1,448$8.4 billion
42Delaware$1,431$1.4 billion
43Iowa$1,334$4.2 billion
44Minnesota$1,174$6.6 billion
45California$1,060$41.9 billion
46Connecticut$742$2.6 billion
47Rhode Island$710$752.1 million
48Hawaii$637$901.4 million
49New Jersey$594$5.3 billion
50New York$588$11.4 billion
51Massachusetts$503$3.5 billion

About Everytown for Gun Safety Support FundEverytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (the “Everytown Support Fund”) is the education, research and litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly six million supporters. The Everytown Support Fund seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and help to reduce it by conducting groundbreaking original research, developing evidence-based policies, communicating this knowledge to the American public, and advancing gun safety and gun violence prevention in communities and the courts. Learn more at