Missouri ranks second in rate of black homicide

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Missouri ranked second in the nation for the rate of black homicides in 2007, a national nonprofit group said Tuesday.

The Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center said Missouri's 235 black homicide victims during that year — the last for which FBI data were available — translated to a rate of 34.82 per 100,000 black residents.

The nonprofit center, which works to stop death and injury from firearms through research, advocacy and education, said it found handguns and other firearms were most often used in the homicides.

Missouri was second to Pennsylvania, which had a rate of 36.36 per 100,000. Indiana was No. 3 with a 30.89 rate, followed by Nevada and Wisconsin tied at 29.83.

The national homicide rate for blacks was 20.86 per 100,000 in 2007.

Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the policy center, said the disproportionate effect of guns on blacks has been an "ongoing silent crisis."

"We as a nation have decided it's more important to protect gun manufacturers and follow the leadership of the NRA than to allow communities to take action to protect citizens, and this is the end result," Sugarmann said.

The National Rifle Association did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Sugarmann said one of the aims of the report is to spark debate about reducing gun violence. He added that states with urban centers and lax gun laws tend to rank highest.

He said cities with gun problems that want more restrictions cannot pass laws tougher than the state standard.

"In Missouri, there's a low standard," he said. "You love guns."

A 2003 Missouri law allows residents to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons if they are at least 23 years old, have no felony convictions and pass a firearms training course and background check. That law also bars concealed weapons in certain places, such as schools, public hospitals and stadiums.

The Second Amendment Coalition of Missouri, whose Web site says it promotes the benefits of gun ownership, did not return an e-mail seeking comment.

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Mary Jones January 27, 2010 | 7:56 a.m.

Really? Blaming the NRA for black homicides? My guess is that most of these murders were not committed by legal guns. Way of life, values & morals would have nothing to do with it!

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John Schultz January 27, 2010 | 10:17 a.m.

I'm guessing this organization doesn't care about the crimes that are prevented or defended against every day by citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights.

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Sofie Marie January 27, 2010 | 10:23 a.m.

Boy, this is a biased left-wing media story if there ever was one.'s by the dis-associated press. Never mind...that explains it.

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Charlie Corollo January 27, 2010 | 1:25 p.m.

Um, I'm thinking that 9 out of 10 of these black homicides were commited by blacks on blacks with stolen guns, but the state run media wouldn't want to let a little tid-bit like that spoil a good left wing propaganda story.

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John Schultz January 27, 2010 | 2:00 p.m.

I think I'm gonna have to ask you to back up that assumption with some facts, Charlie.

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Charlie Corollo January 27, 2010 | 3:22 p.m.

John, do you not read the papers - watch the news? I was speculating with my comments, but with a little research I found that my the numbers are even worse in support of my comments: "the leading cause of death of young black males ages 18-24 is homicide by other black males." "Blacks are only 13% of the population, but over 40% of the the murder vitims." 93% of those black victims are killed by other black people." There's an excellent article on the American Thinker website by E.W. Jackson Sr. on how these facts are suppressed by the race baiters so they can blame whitey. I got got these numbers from the article and confirmed them via DOJ website.

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Ray Shapiro January 27, 2010 | 3:53 p.m.

Some data:
The Recent Surge in Homicides involving Young Black Males and Guns:
Time to Reinvest in Prevention and Crime Control
Mayors against illegal guns:

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Ellis Smith January 28, 2010 | 6:37 a.m.

Does anyone have statistics for murder and suicide rates of Latino males in the same age group? In Missouri it may very well be that Blacks are still the largest minority group, but nationwide that's no longer the case.

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Ray Shapiro January 28, 2010 | 9:11 a.m.

Here's some info:
Hispanics and Firearms Violence:

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Ellis Smith January 28, 2010 | 11:35 a.m.

Thanks, Ray. The information you've provided confirms what I'd already been given to understand.

If one only pays attention to mainstream media (TV, newspapers) they would understandably believe that Blacks are numerically the largest minority group in the United States. That is no longer true. Eventually the media will "catch up."

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Ray Shapiro January 28, 2010 | 1:48 p.m.

You're welcome.
With regards to crime in America, the following site might also be of interest to some readers....

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mike wasson January 31, 2010 | 11:07 p.m.

Cheryl and Josh "forgot" to mention that he has a FFL. Go to Enter his first three numbers: 1 5 4 then the last five 00725. Exp date of Mar 01 2011 and the Violence Policy Center's address.

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