The 411 on Gun Violence and African-Americans

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  • 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
  • Gun Violence Overall
  • African-Americans and Gun Deaths

Why Us?

Persistent gun violence in the Black community is a consequence of many factors: Easy access to guns and assault rifles along with high rates of gang activity. But one of the biggest influences is poverty, an issue that Blacks disproportionately struggle with. Areas with the highest poverty rates also have the highest gun death rates, says the CDC.

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