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Fact Sheet on Firearms Violence Among Black Children and Youth

Black youths have higher rates of firearm homicide than any other racial/ethnic group.

The firearms homicide rate for black youths is more than twice the rate for Hispanic youths, more than three times the rate for Asian youths and nearly 10 times the rate for white youths.

  • In 1997, black males, 17 years of age and younger, had a firearms homicide rate of 10.3 per 100,000.

  • In 1997, black males, aged 10 to 17 years, had a firearms homicide rate of 22.3 per 100,000.


Firearms homicide is the second leading cause of death for black males 17 years of age and younger.


Black Youth Firearms Homicide Rates (per 100,000), 17 Years of Age and Younger

Year Male Rate Female Rate Total Rate
1990 14.2 2.8 8.6
1991 17.1 2.5 9.9
1992 16.3 3.2 9.8
1993 19.0 3.3 11.2
1994 18.1 2.9 10.6
1995 15.5 2.9 9.3
1996 13.0 2.3 7.7
1997 10.3 2.1 6.3


Firearms homicide is the second leading cause of death for black males aged 10 to 17 years.


Black Youth Firearms Homicide Rates (per 100,000), Youths Aged 10 to 17 Years

Year Male Rate Female Rate Total Rate
1990 32.1 5.4 18.9
1991 38.9 5.1 22.2
1992 36.1 6.2 21.4
1993 42.2 6.3 24.5
1994 40.2 5.7 23.2
1995 34.3 5.8 20.3
1996 28.2 4.1 16.4
1997 22.3 3.8 13.2




The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.


   For Release:
   Tuesday, April 25, 2000

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   Naomi Seligman
   Violence Policy Center
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