With 32% of adults owning a gun, urban gun violence is rising. According to a new study on gun violence, ‘Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities’ that was released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Urban Institute, and the Joyce Foundation earlier this week, the problem is even worse than most may think.
In this report, the African American and Latino populations were seen to be the most affected by gun violence. But these communities feel that the rest of the country does not care.
Four out of 10 African Americans have been individually affected by gun-related violence. They also account for over 50% of the victims of gun homicide.
The study also states that gun violence is the second leading cause of death in Latino males ages 15 to 34.
Concerns related to racially motivated police actions were brought up as well. Nearly one in four African Americans polled believe racism is a pervasive problem in policing, and half the community cialis online canada consider police misconduct to be an extremely serious issue.
As reported in The Root, the study states that “There is a particularly strong concern around interactions between the police and young men of color; 82 percent of African Americans and 65 percent of Hispanics agree that they “frequently worry about interactions between the police and young men of color.”
This extensive report aims to bring together communities, policymakers, scholars, and other stakeholders in order to focus on finding strategies to end gun violence.
They wish to focus more on listening to people in the communities disproportionately affected by the problem, rather than discuss the gun crimes and sensationalizing the matter.
This study was conducted by The Benenson Strategy Group. They called a total of 1,200 people, 600 African Americans and 600 Hispanics who lived all across the United States. All the respondents were registered votes and are seen to be likely to vote in the upcoming presidential election.