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Report: Shooting death rates among Hispanics highest in NM

Colton Shone
July 06, 2016 06:44 PM

A new report says New Mexico has the highest shooting death for Hispanics in the country.

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A 26-page report by the Violence Policy Center looked at gun death numbers from 1999 to 2014. During that time, more than 50,000 Hispanics lost their lives after a trigger was pulled.

Jayden Chavez-Silver's death from a drive by shooting last summer highlights one of the key findings of the report.

A large percentage of homicide victims are young: 38 percent were 24-years-old or younger. Chavez-Silver was only 17.

"If you're Hispanic in New Mexico you have a much higher chance of being shot killed or injured by a gun, we need to do something about it as soon as possible," said Miranda Viscoli with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.

The report says 123 Hispanics were killed by firearms in New Mexico in 2014. At a rate of 12.37 deaths per 100,000 people, it's the highest in the country.

The homicide rate for Hispanics is almost two times higher than it is for Whites. In 2014, Hispanics had a rate of 4.69 per 100,000 people and Whites had a rate of 2.41.

"You know it is frustrating but we do see a change, in face last sessions New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence worked with lawmakers to pass the first gun violence prevention bill in decades," Viscoli said.

She said during the next legislative session, they want to push for a law that will prevent those who have an order of protection against them to not be allowed to have a firearm. Viscoli hopes one day there will not be any more senseless gun deaths.

Click here for the full report.


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