Pa. Leads in Black Homicides

Published January 28, 2009

If Pennsylvania changed its name from the Keystone State to the Killa Bro’ State, it might make more sense.

A new study finds that Pennsylvania once again leads all other states in the rate of Black homicides.

Analyzing FBI data, the nonprofit Violence Policy Center, a gun-control advocacy group, found that there were nearly 37 homicides per 100,000 Black residents in 2006. Running a close second and third were murder-happy Michigan and death-delivering Indiana. During the three-year-period that the center has conducted the study, Pennsylvania has finished first twice.

What this study shows, says Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center and co-author of the report, is that guns play a major role in the number of Black homicides. This is a correlation that must be addressed now, he says.

Written by BET.com Staff & Wire Services

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