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Hispanics and Firearms Violence

  • Although 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.

  • Only 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.

  • Firearms homicide is the leading cause of gun death for Hispanics.

  • In 1997, the total firearm injury rate (both fatal and nonfatal) for Hispanics was nearly three times higher than the rate for whites.

  • In California, in 1998, handguns were used in 70 percent of all Hispanic homicides.

  • In Texas, in 1998, nearly 15 percent of Hispanic gun homicide victims were 18 years of age or younger.

  • In 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.

  • The 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."

The 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.

To see the full study, please go to . By following this link you will leave the www.regulateguns.org website.

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