Homicide rate for Latinos nearly twice as high as for whites
The homicide rate for Latinos in the United States is nearly twice as high as the homicide rate for whites, according to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center (VPC), which revealed the following:
- The Hispanic homicide victimization rate in 2013 was 4.75 per 100,000, compared to 2.50 per 100,000 for whites.
- Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Latino men ages 15 to 24; the fourth leading cause of death for Whites, and the leading cause of death for Blacks.
- In 2013, a total of 2,951 Latinos were killed with guns: 1,750 died in gun homicides, 1,034 in gun suicides, 49 in unintentional shootings, and 118 in other circumstances, including legal intervention and undetermined intent.
- Seventy-two percent of Hispanic gun homicide victims were killed with a handgun.
- 36 percent of Hispanic homicide victims were killed by a stranger, compared to 26 percent of all homicide victims.
- 37 percent of Latino victims in 2012 were age 24 and younger, compared to 38 percent of black homicide victims and 21 percent of white homicide victims.
Because of limitations in the way data is collected, the report suggests that the total number of Latino victims is likely higher than the reported numbers.
“While the lethal impact of gun violence on the Hispanic community, especially young Hispanics, is clear, we need improved data collection in order to better understand the problem and address it,” said Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of VPC.