Gun violence isn’t a “black thing.”
First, guns kill a lot of people but in the grand scheme of things they don’t. The CDC’s statistics (with ironically seemed more detailed then the FBI’s) showed 16,065 homicides in 2010 (The data wasn’t available until 10/10/2012). Guns accounted for about 70% of these deaths. For the record Parkinson’s killed about 7,000 more. There were over twice as many suicides and the flu killed over 3 times as many. In other words, twice as many people wanted to kill themselves than others – this alone should say something.
Alcoholism killed more people than guns.
You could argue gun violence is a “urban thing.”
Based on the CDC data, almost 60 percent of U.S. firearm homicides occur in the 62 cities of the country’s 50 largest metros. However, only 27 percent of suicides do.
As for black vs. white for some reason they didn’t supply stats for 2010 but for 2008 blacks were 5 times more likely to be the victim of homicide but whites were about 3 times more likely to kill themselves. One reason given for no longer providing this information was the inconsistency in reporting racial statistics on birth and death certificates.
You would think people would be more concerned about infant mortality rates as it relates to race-blacks rates are over twice as high.
One thing you need to be careful of in the media is when they quote "gun related deaths" vs "gun related homicides."