I’m not sure what “Hispanic” means. An Argentinian wouldn’t place themselves in the same ethnic group as a Mexican, would they? Come to think of it, why does the ATF form 4473 now divide ethnicity into Hispanic or Latino, or Non-Hispanic or Non-Latino? Excuse this African-American’s ignorance, but what’s the difference between those ethnicities? According to the Violence Policy Center gun control group, a Hispanic is “a person of any race having origins in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central or South America, or other Spanish cultures.” That’s the definition from their new study . . .
Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States. Interestingly, the email doesn’t say anything about gun control. Or gang violence. Or whether or not the perpetrators or victims are/were American citizens. I guess Josh reckons victimhood = pro-gun control and that’s it. Here are the bullet points from the email blast trumpeting the new report:
— In 2010, the most recent year for which we have data, the homicide victimization rate for Hispanics was 5.73 per 100,000. The murder rate for whites was 2.52 per 100,000. [ED: In 2010, Mexico’s reported murder rate was 23 per 100k.]
— More than two-thirds of Hispanic murder victims were killed with guns, and the vast majority of murders with guns involved a handgun.
— A large percentage of Hispanic murder victims are young. In fact, homicide is the second-leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24. [ED: The VPC study reports “for Hispanic homicides that were gang-related, 61 percent were age 24 and younger.”]
— Hispanics are more likely to be killed by a stranger than the national average.
— Overall, more than 38,000 Hispanics were killed by guns between 1999 and 2010. During this period, 26,349 Hispanics died in gun homicides, 10,314 died in gun suicides, and 747 died in unintentional shootings.
— Because of gaps in the data, we still don’t have all the important facts we need on Hispanic victims of gun violence. Government agencies often report information on race but not ethnic origin. As a result, the total number of victims is almost certainly higher than the reported numbers suggest. Our report includes several recommendations for how public agencies can improve the way they collect data.
Knowing the facts is an essential first step to ending this epidemic in the Hispanic community. We hope this study will be useful to the many community leaders and other public officials who are hard at work in their efforts to save lives.
Methinks the Sugarmann express has got it exactly backwards. The study makes an excellent case for Hispanics to arm themselves against criminal predation, whether from within or without their community.
Speaking of which, the study highlights the role of gang violence in firearms-related homicides within the Hispanic communities. (Like they didn’t know that already.) The key question: will the Hispanic community see gun control as an effective way to stop gang violence? Not likely.
Anyway, the race is on (so to speak). Let’s hope the NRA also has its sights set on the same target as the VPC. The future of gun rights may depend on it.