Kansas Ranked 7th In Nation For Black Homicide Victimization

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WASHINGTON (WIBW) -- Every year, the Violence Policy Center releases an analysis based off unpublished data from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report. The data focuses on black homicide victimization in the United States.

The Kansas rate of black homicide victimization is 24.97 per 100,000, which is more than five times the nationwide overall homicide victimization rate of 4.44 per 100,000. The national black homicide victimization rate is still much lower than that of Kansas, at 17.51 per 100,000.

Guns are the most common weapons in these cases, with four out of five victims shot and killed by a gun (80%).

The VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann believes that action should be taken by officials immediately, because it has so much impact on everyone. "Gun violence is a public health crisis that touches all Americans, but the impact on African Americans is especially devastating," he said.

Nebraska tops the list, with a rate of 34.43 black homicide victims per 100,000.

For more information and to see the entire study, visit www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide14.pdf.