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Pa. Leads in Black Homicides

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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