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Study Finds Black Brazilians Killed by Gunfire 2.5 More than Whites

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In 2012, five people were killed by firearms every hour in Brazil, according to a study conducted by UNESCO, FLACSO (Latin American Social Sciences Institute) and the Brazilian government. The Mapa da Violência 2015 (Map of Violence 2015) released on Wednesday shows that in all more than 42,400 thousand lives were lost that year due to firearms.

Of those, 94.5 percent due to homicides, and it represents the largest number of deaths by gun-related incidents since 1980. While crime statistics show varied results in Brazil, from . . .

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