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Massachusetts Leads Again – As the Most Violent State in New England

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its most recent data on violent crime by state. Once again, the Commonwealth takes the dubious honor of leading all New England states in violent crime! The data can be found on the FBI’s cloud based Crime Data Explorer.

The obvious answer would be that Massachusetts has a much higher population and urban communities. However, this particular data is adjusted for population. Typically, these numbers are derived by utilizing the per 100,000 method.

As adjusted for population, Massachusetts takes the New England violence honors with a rate of 308.8 per hundred thousand. This is nearly triple the violent crime rate of Maine (108) and more than double the rate in New Hampshire (146.4). It is noteworthy that the three least violent states in New England are Constitutional Carry states that actually encourage responsible citizens to exercise their Second Amendment civil rights.

“This is no surprise and certainly is in keeping of the Commonwealth as being one of the most violent states in Northeast America,” said Jim Wallace Executive Director of GOAL. “In 2018 we released the Massachusetts Gun Control Success – A False and Dangerous Narrative report that proved beyond any doubt that the laws and policies of the Commonwealth were an abject failure. Nobody listened and not one major media outlet would cover the story. So, the leadership of the State have no one to blame but themselves!”


FBI Definition of Violent Crime

In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

2020 FBI Crime Data Explorer

https://crime-data-explorer.app.cloud.gov/pages/explorer/crime/crime-trend


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