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CAHS CT Geography of Gun Violence

CAHS CT Geography of Gun Violence

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CT Association of Human Services 2013: Among the findings: While our three largest cities are home to 11%of our population, they are location of 67% of homicides, 62%of armed robberies and 81% of aggravated assaults involving firearms..

CT Association of Human Services 2013: Among the findings: While our three largest cities are home to 11%of our population, they are location of 67% of homicides, 62%of armed robberies and 81% of aggravated assaults involving firearms..

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The Geography of GunViolence in Connecticut
Introduction
The December shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, have ignited debate and activism regarding gun violence.Residents from around the state and country have come forth in grief to address its impact on children andcommunities.When talking about gun violence, it is important to acknowledge that the problem goes beyond mass shootingincidents, and urban residents, in particular, lose loved ones and neighbors to gun violence far too often.The geographical distribution of gun violence is not random, but heavily concentrated in a few cities andneighborhoods in Connecticut. The consequences of this violence are then also concentrated, leaving urbanchildren and communities to absorb and address them.
Connecticut Association for Human Services110 Bartholomew Ave., Suite 4030, Hartford, CT 06106 | www.cahs.org
February 2013
But Violence Is Concentrated in Cities.
Crime is not evenly distributed across our state. Our largest cities show a different experience with guns andviolence.Only 11% of Connecticut residents live in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. But these three cities combined are
home to 67% of homicides, 62% of armed robberies and 81% of aggravated assaults involving rearms in the state.
In 2010, 62 of the 92
homicides using a rearm
in Connecticut took placein these three cities. Of 1,198 armed robberies,743 took place in thesethree cities. Of 797aggravated assaults, 643took place there.Sixty-nine percent of guncrimes in Connecticuttake place in these three
cities alone. The combined homicide rate in the three largest cities in the state is almost ve times higher than in the
state as a whole.
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If we only consider murders involving rearms, the rate is almost six times higher. Armed robberyrates are also more than ve times higher; aggravated assaults with guns involved are seven times higher.
Connecticut Is A Safe Place…
Connecticut overall is a fairly safe state to live in, compared to the United States as awhole. Firearm homicide rates are slightly below the national average (2.71 per 100,000,
compared to 2.75 nationally), while aggravated assault and robbery with rearms are
well below the national average (35 to 39and 20 to 43, respectively).
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Homicide with Firearms (77% using handguns)BridgeportHartfordNew HavenThree citiesConnecticut Homicide
Homicides Per 100,000 Residents
Source: CT Unified Crime Reports, 2010
Robbery, Assault Per 100,000 Residents
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BridgeportHartfordNew HavenThree CitiesConnecticut Assault with FirearmsArmed Robbery (firearms)
Source: CT Unified Crime Reports, 2010

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