Gun Violence in Miss. Hits Black Youth Hard

Minnesota Public Broadcasting

April 15, 2013


Nearly 5,000 people have been killed by guns in Mississippi over the past decade, making it one of the worst states for gun violence in the nation and African-American youth in the state, are at especially high risk. Over the past 40 years, Willie Robinson says he has watched the quality of life significantly decline in his West Jackson neighborhood. "People don't raise their kids anymore," says Robinson. "They let the street raise them and once the street raises them, it's over with." A Children's Defense Fund study shows that since 1969 homicides involving firearms have been the leading cause of death for black males between the ages of 15 and 19. Robinson says he finds those statistics to be sobering but not surprising.
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