Tennessee: Five — not 105 — accidental gunshot deaths in 2014
By Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel
NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) -
A publicized report that Tennessee had 105 accidental gunshot deaths during 2014 — more than any state in the nation — was wrong and there were actually just five such fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.
The Safe Tennessee Project, an organization that focuses on gun violence, initially reported the 105 deaths earlier this month, saying the surprisingly-high figure had been verified at the time by both the federal Center for and Disease Control and the Department of Health.
"As an organization focused on reducing firearm injuries and deaths in our state, we are pleased to discover that the 2014 number was actually the lowest number in over a decade," said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for the group after the department issued a news release Thursday saying it had "manually" reviewed death certificates rather than relying computer-generated data.
"At this point we do not know where the data error occurred. We are continuing to review the process to identify that and prevent it from occurring in the future," department spokesman Woody McMillan wrote in an email.