Large cities bear disproportionate share of gun violence

STATEWIDE –  In the wake of the Newtown tragedy,  CAHS wanted to explore  how different parts of our state have long grappled with the issue of gun violence.

Policy Analyst Roger Senserrich authored this short brief, “The Geography of Gun Violence in Connecticut,” on the topic.

Among the findings: While Connecticut’s three largest cities are home to just 11% of the state’s population, they are location of 67% of homicides, 62%of armed robberies and 81% of aggravated assaults involving firearms.

The paper has been sent to all state Senators and Representatives, and urges them consider the poverty and inequality of our cities in working towards solutions and policies to make our state safe for all children and families.

The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) uniquely combines outreach into working communities at the neighborhood level with broad-based policy work at the state and federal level. As the Kids Count partner for the state of Connecticut and a long-time advocate for family economic success, CAHS uses research to drive advocacy for positive systems change.  Founded in 1910, CAHS combines research and advocacy to empower and equip families to build a secure economic future. For more information visit www.cahs.org.

 

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