Who will be hurt the most? – In light of the recent Supreme Court interpretation of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution, which give us the “right to bear arms,” it’s interesting to take a look at crime statistics over the last few years. It turns out that gun-related homicide among young men rose sharply in the United States in recent years even though the nation’s overall homicide rate has remained flat.
According to a new study, between 1999 and 2005, homicide involving firearms increased 31% among black men ages 25 to 44 and 12% among white men of the same age. Researcher Susan Baker says, “The recent flatness of the US homicide rate obscures the large increases in firearm death among males ages 25-44, especially black males.”