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Report: Indiana Leads the U.S. in Black Homicide Rate

Study from the Violence Policy Center based on FBI data

A new report shows a disturbing trend in Indiana.

The nonprofit Violence Policy Center says Indiana has the highest rate of black homicide victims in the entire country.  The center used FBI numbers to rank states based on the number of murder victims in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available.

The state had 213 African-Americans who were victims of homicide that year, which the Center says works out to 34.15 victims per 100,000 people.  That is twice the national rate of black homicides and eight times the overall homicide rate, said the Center. Missouri ranked second in the report, followed by Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  To be sure, the report included homicides of blacks by law enforcement that were ruled justified.

The study is, unabashedly, advocating for stricter gun control laws. “In America, black men and women face a disproportionate risk of being murdered, a fact both alarming and unacceptable,” states VPC Executive Director Josh Sugarmann. “Moreover, our study found that the vast majority of these homicides are committed with guns, usually a handgun."

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