Local news reports
Oregon was one of 14 states where gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 2011, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center.
Data was compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
This marks the third year the Violence Policy Center
has issued an annual report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle
deaths by state. The center is a nonprofit organization working to stop
gun death and injury.
Oregon's number of gun deaths also exceeded its motor vehicle deaths in 2009 and 2010, according to the center.
Gun deaths include suicide by firearm, homicides, and fatal
unintentional shootings. Motor vehicle deaths include both vehicle
occupants and pedestrians.
The 13 other states where gun deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths in
2011 were: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state, as
well as the District of Columbia.