The 411 on Gun Violence and African-Americans

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  • 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?
  • What You Need to Know

Black Youth Are Vulnerable

A 2012 report found that African-American youth ages 1519 are eight times more likely to be victims of gun violence than white youth. Plus, gun violence is the number-one cause of death in that age group. Even more alarming, since 1979, guns killed 44,038 Black youth — that’s nearly 13 times more than the number of recorded lynchings of Blacks of all ages from 1882 to 1968, says the Children’s Defense Fund.  

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