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and Firearms Violence
Americans of Hispanic ethnicity are disproportionately affected
by gun violence when compared to the nation as a whole, because
of severe limitations in data gathering systems, the full scale
of gun violence on Hispanic communities is rarely discussed.
11 percent of Hispanics own guns, compared to 16 percent of
blacks and 27 percent of whites. Yet Hispanics are murdered
with firearms at rates second only to blacks.
homicide is the leading cause of gun death for Hispanics.
1997, the total firearm injury rate (both fatal and nonfatal)
for Hispanics was nearly three times higher than the rate for
California, in 1998, handguns were used in 70 percent of all
Texas, in 1998, nearly 15 percent of Hispanic gun homicide victims
were 18 years of age or younger.
Chicago, a 29 year study revealed that guns were used in 62.6
percent of Hispanic on Hispanic intimate partner homicides, the
highest usage among all intra racial intimate partner homicides.
gun industry, stating that it "must become less racist
to survive in the 21st century," has targeted Hispanics,
and other racial minorities as a "largely untapped market."
statistics come from Hispanics and Firearms Violence, a Violence
Policy Center study of the effects of gun violence on Hispanic
communities on both the national and regional levels. The 23?page
VPC study presents all available information from national sources
analyzing Hispanics and firearms, including information on homicides,
domestic violence, nonfatal firearm injuries, and suicides. The
study also analyzes information from three geographic regions
with large Hispanic populations and uniquely comprehensive data:
the states of California and Texas, and the city of Chicago.
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