This morning, the Violence Policy Center (“Research, Investigation, Analysis & Advocacy for a Safer America,”) released a report on the current state of Hispanic victimization in America, focusing mostly on firearms. The study found that:
-Homicide is the second-leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24. Guns are used in more than two-thirds of the homicides where victims are Hispanic. In homicides where a gun is used, 78 percent of these shootings involve a handgun.
-More than 38,000 Hispanics were killed by guns between 1999 and 2010. During this period, 26,349 Hispanics died in gun homicides, 10,314 died in gun suicides, and 747 died in unintentional shootings.
-A large percentage of Hispanic homicide victims are young. The most recent available data shows 41 percent of Hispanic homicide victims in 2011 were age 24 and younger.
“Our report shows that America’s gun violence epidemic has a disproportionate impact on the Hispanic community,” states VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann. “This epidemic of violence is destroying lives and tearing families apart. Preventing gun violence should be an urgent priority for all public officials from community leaders to members of Congress.”