Fatal gun violence disproportionately affects the Hispanic community. The Violence Policy Center’s study, Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States, is “based on the most recent available data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report. The report is available in English and Spanish,” writes Josh Sugarmann, the Violence Policy Center’s Executive Director.
According to the study, which is now in its second year, more than 47,000 Hispanics were killed with firearms between 1999 and 2013, with more than 3,000 gun deaths per year on average. Sixty-seven percent of the deaths were homicides, while 28 percent were suicides.
The overall homicide victimization rate for Hispanics is nearly double that for whites. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, the rate for Hispanics was 4.75 per 100,000. For whites, the rate was 2.50 per 100,000.