Study: More than 50,000 Hispanics killed with guns in U.S.

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Each year, more than 3,100 Hispanics are killed with guns in the U.S., according to the Violence Policy Center. The group has conducted an ongoing study since 1999.

The study on lethal gun violence against Hispanics in America is VPC’s third edition — based on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as unpublished information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) supplementary homicide report.

The study said the overall “homicide victimization rate” for Hispanics is nearly double the homicide victimization rate for whites. Two-thirds of Hispanic homicide victims die by gunfire. For Hispanics ages 15 to 24, homicide ranked as the second-leading cause of death. Hispanics were also more likely to be killed by strangers.

According to the study, 50,456 Hispanics were killed with guns from 1999 through 2014. Two-thirds of the gun deaths were homicides (33,532, or 66 percent), while 14,431 were suicides (29 percent). An additional 944 gun deaths were unintentional (2 percent), and 1,549 (3 percent) died of undetermined intent or legal intervention.

The study authors said because of major limitations in the way public agencies collect information on Hispanic ethnicity, the total number of Hispanic victims of lethal violence is almost certainly even higher.

“The lethal toll of gun violence on Hispanics, especially young Hispanics, is clear. Yet because of vast gaps in the way data is collected, our ability to fully understand this ongoing crisis and effectively address it is limited,” said VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann said in a statement.

Go to vpc.org for more.

— Staff report

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