Guns have killed 16 people in Hawaii this year, mostly in the 2nd Congressional District representing rural Oahu and the outer islands. There were four gun deaths in the 1st Congressional District, which includes Honolulu and Kapolei.
That’s according to data compiled by The Guardian, which published an interesting interactive feature Monday that lets users see where their elected officials stand on guns and how much money they’ve received from the gun lobby.
Hawaii’s congressional delegation is in sync when it comes to gun control. None of the current members — U.S. Reps. Mark Takai and Tulsi Gabbard, and Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono — have accepted money from the gun lobby or voted to expand the rights of gun owners since 2013. They’ve also consistently voted in favor of stronger regulations, according to The Guardian.
This may come as no surprise to people who live in the islands or others who may be familiar with Hawaii having the lowest rate of gun homicide in the country, at 0.62 victims per 100,000 people, according to an article last month in The Trace. The national average is nearly seven times as high.
The Guardian feature shows that Missouri’s first district has seen more gun deaths this year than any other congressional district, and that Sen. Ted Cruz has received the most money from the National Rifle Association and its supporters thus far this election cycle.
U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz have not accepted any money from the gun lobby.
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.