The 411 on Gun Violence and African-Americans

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  • What You Need to Know
  • Gun Violence Overall
  • African-Americans and Gun Deaths
  • Black Youth Are Vulnerable
  • 42 Percent of Us Know a Victim of Gun Violence
  • Chicago Statistics
  • Why Us?
  • What Can Be Done?

Gun Violence Overall

Despite popular belief, overall gun-related deaths in the U.S. have gone down, reaching an all-time low in the past 30 years, says the CDC. Gun killings went down 39 percent between the years 1993 and 2011, says the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Yet, African-Americans, especially youth, are still more likely to die from guns at disproportionate rates. 

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