The rate of firearm homicide among Hispanic populations was more than two times higher than that of White non-Hispanics in 2021, the largest disparity in more than a decade, according to new research led by the University of Michigan.

The study, conducted by researchers at the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, found that 36 out of 38 states analyzed show higher rates of firearm homicide among Hispanic populations. 

“The results of this analysis can help prioritize policies, programs and more research to reduce health disparities and firearm injury outcomes among Hispanics,” said Eugenio Weigend Vargas, postdoctoral research fellow at the institute. “By identifying the highest priority areas in demographics and regions for addressing firearm injury and homicide, we can begin to more adequately assist those most affected by firearm violence.”

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