Hispanics are disproportionately affected by firearms violence in the United States. Nearly 54,000 Hispanics were killed by guns between 1999 and 2015, including 35,553 gun homicide victims and 15,593 gun suicides. Federal data analyzed for these statistics commonly uses the term “Hispanic” as opposed to Latino.
Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States is an annual comprehensive study on gun violence against Hispanics in America. Here are just a few of the findings in the most recent edition:
- The homicide victimization rate for Hispanic victims is nearly twice as high as the murder rate for white victims.
- Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24.
- More than two-thirds of Hispanic murder victims are killed with guns.
Because of limited data collection, the true scale of gun violence’s effect on Hispanic men, women, and children is not fully known. The study asks government agencies to improve the way they collect and report data on Hispanic victims of lethal violence.
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Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States (June 2016) | En español
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