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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Armed violence against African-American men in America is ruthless

The rate of deaths from firearms in the United States was nearly seven times higher than that of whites between 2019 and 2020, a study warned today.

According to research reported in the scientific journal Plos One, murders with these deadly tools rose 39 percent among black men during that period, highlighting a grim statistic tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past four decades, firearm injuries have disproportionately affected certain demographic groups in society, say authors Dr. Henry Jiang of National Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Lindsay Young of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

“The United States must treat violence and injuries resulting from gun violence as a national health priority,” he said.

Young and Jiang analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on death rates from 1981 to 2020 and compared them by racial groups and genders.

In the United States, they concluded, about 60 percent of suicides involve firearms, as do 36 percent of homicides.

Among men, they were more abundant, with a murder rate five times higher than that of women, while the number of suicides among them was seven times higher than that of their female counterparts.

Efforts to prevent gun deaths must take into account the demographics of those most affected, which, he speculates, also requires eliminating structural racism in the nation in order to address these disparities.

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