*The debate over gun control has been controversial and confusing. The black community has one of the highest gun homicide rates in the country.
In a report compiled by the Children’s Defense Fund, the statistics show that for 2006-2007, the largest metropolitan areas suffered the most from gun-related homicides.
The report states that 67 percent of 25,423 homicides were gun-related. Also, the report showed that the top cities during that same period with the highest firearm homicide rates were in places like New Orleans, St. Louis, Oakland, Newark, Baltimore, Richmond, Detroit, and more. So, that would insinuate that the black community, which heavily populates these areas, are not having a problem obtaining guns.
But, Columbia University Professor and HuffPost Live host/producer Marc Lamont Hill, feels that the debate on gun control will disenfranchise the black community disproportionately.
He invited Trymaine Lee, a Huffington Post senior reporter, Niger Innis, who heads up the Congress of Racial Equality, Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the conservative radio host Steve Malzburg to the conversation. Hill didn’t find a friend on this debate. (more…)