Missouri Has Highest Rate of Black Homicide in the Nation -- For Third Year in a Row

Sugarmann notes that even though Missouri has been No. 1 for the last three years, the rates have declined slightly -- a trend across the board.

While the Violence Policy Center does not do advocacy work on a state level, Sugarmann says the goal of the study is that it makes government officials in each state aware of the seriousness of the gun violence crisis.

"When we put this data out there, a lot of states are surprised," he says. "Hopefully they move beyond surprise to [action]."

He adds, "The first step to addressing the problem is to admit there is a problem."

Here's the report.

Black Homicide Victimization in the United States

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