FBI: Black men 12 times more likely to be murdered than white people

FBI: Black men 12 times more likely to be murdered than white people
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Guns were responsible for 84 percent of black homicides in 2013, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center based on previously unpublished statistics from the FBI.

The findings give momentum to gun control advocates calling for expanded background checks.


“In America, black men and women face a disproportionate risk of being murdered, a fact both alarming and unacceptable,” said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center. “Moreover, our study found that the vast majority of these homicides are committed with guns, usually a handgun.”

The study found that 6,217 black people were murdered in 2013, accounting for half of all homicides in the U.S., even though African-Americans only make up 13 percent of the country's population.

Most of the victims were black men, who were killed at a rate of more than 30 out of every 100,000 people. That’s seven times higher than the national average, and 12 times higher than the rate at which white people are killed.

The most common states where black people are murdered include: Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California and New Jersey.

2013 is the most recent year for which data is available.