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KIMT NEWS 3 — New numbers are showing disturbing trends when it comes to gun violence in Minnesota.
African-Americans in the state are 12 times more likely to be killed by fire arms than whites.
That’s according to numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention.
They also show white people in Minnesota are more likely than black people in the state to use guns to kill themselves.
Almost 800 white residents killed themselves with guns, compared to 17 black Minnesotans.
“Because the weapon is such an engraved part of our society in outstate, you may have a tendency to use it quicker,” Chief Dwaine Winkels of the Albert Lea Police Department said. “Rather than seeking help or in a close environment with more contacts, obviously, there are more chances for someone to stop you from harming yourself.”
He adds those in rural Minnesota who need help or counseling are less likely to use available resources because of where they live.