Survey Reveals Racial Differences in Gun Violence

An analysis by the Washington Post indicates that Black people are more likely to be killed by another person. Whites are more likely to commit suicide.

Posted: 03/26/2013 02:44 PM EDT
Survey Reveals Racial Differences in Gun Violence

When it comes to gun violence in the United States, there are some patterns that have emerged that are shaped by race, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that African-Americans are likelier to be shot by another person and that white Americans are more likely to shoot themselves.

The data revealed that a white person is five times as likely to commit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun. On the other hand, for every Black American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are killed by other people with guns.

The analysis also reveals that gun violence in urban areas most often results in homicide and that suicide by firearms is more common in rural areas of the country. It also said that the states with the most guns per capita, like Montana and Wyoming, are most likely to have higher suicide rates.

On the other hand, suicide by firearms is far less widespread per capita in states with lower rates of gun ownership, including Massachusetts and New York.

The analysis also revealed that there are strong differences in views regarding gun control by race. A poll by the Post and ABC News indicated that African-Americans 75 percent of those surveyed are more likely to support stringent gun control measures. That compares with about 50 percent of white respondents.

The poll also indicated that two-thirds of people in urban areas tend to support stronger gun-reform measures, compared with a third of people who live in rural areas.

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