Guns Killed Four Times More People of Color Than Whites in Colorado

September 9, 2020

By: Michael Roberts

Originally appeared in Westword

Guns don’t discriminate. They’re capable of killing anyone, no matter their age, gender or physical characteristics. But in Colorado, they’re far more deadly to people of color.

During the first eight months of 2020, during which ninety people were killed by firearms in Colorado, around three-quarters of the victims were people of color, according to the National Gun Violence Memorial.

This percentage is far from what would be expected given Colorado’s demographics. As of July 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau put the category described as “White alone, not Hispanic or Latino,” at 67.7 percent of the population, with “Hispanic or Latino” representing 21.8 percent and “Black or African American, alone” coming in at 4.6 percent.

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