Missouri Leads Nation in Black Homicides
In the starkest possible terms, if you're black and living in Missouri, you are seven times more likely to be murdered than a white person.
Now, the VPC is a research organization that's committed to strengthening gun regulation -- the group touts rather proudly on its website that the National Rifle Association "acknowledge us at 'the most effective ... anti-gun rabble rouser in Washington.'" The group has a vested interest in shaping the public discussion on guns. The statistics cited in the report, however, come from the FBI crime data. You may quibble with the VPC's mission, but the numbers and statistics are not theirs -- they're ours, as in, all of us as Americans. And those numbers are grim.
In Missouri, 239 black people were murdered in 2009. Males accounted for 206 of those victims, or 87 percent. 200 of those 239 total deaths were committed by people using a firearm of some sort.
The ten states with the highest black homicide victimization rates follow. You can visit the VPC's website if you want to see statistics crunched in various enlightening and depressing ways.
1) Missouri, 34.72 per 100,000
2) Michigan, 30.21 per 100,000
3) Pennsylvania, 28.30 per 100,000
4) Oklahoma, 27.96 per 100,000
5) Louisiana, 26.33 per 100,000
6) Indiana, 25.84 per 100,000
7) Tennessee, 23.01 per 100,000
8) Wisconsin, 22.71 per 100,000
9) California, 22.33 per 100,000
10) Nevada, 21.06 per 100,000