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Columbus reports gun violence among teens every day; Cleveland ranks first in youth gun incidents

Published: Sun, October 13, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

Columbus reports gun violence among teens every day; Cleveland ranks first in youth gun incidents

Associated Press


On average, a teen in Ohio’s capital city is a victim of gun violence every day.

The Columbus Dispatch reports today that for last year, state records show more than 400 cases of Columbus residents under age 20 being shot, robbed, or threatened with a gun. Columbus police statistics show that half of the offenses were committed by other teens.

Interviews with youths found that guns are part of the fabric of some neighborhoods. In some, nearly everyone knows someone who has been killed by a gun.

Young people across the state are at risk of gun crime, but it’s particularly a problem in its biggest cities.

The Dispatch reports that Cleveland has the highest rate at 97 gun incidents for every 10,000 youths. Across Ohio, 2,355 teens were victims of a gun crime last year, according to the state numbers. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 55 reported at least one gun-crime victim between 1 and 19 years old.

Young people in big cities are particularly vulnerable. Columbus, with 401 gun crimes, was second to Cleveland (541) and followed by Cincinnati (370) and Toledo (273).

By rate, however, Columbus fares better. Worst is Cleveland, with 97 gun incidents for every 10,000 residents younger than 20, then comes Cincinnati (95), Toledo (67), the state rate (64) and Columbus (39).


1DACOUNTRYBOY(485 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Instead of eliminating the availability of ammo in the rural areas Obama needs to concentrate on doing so in the cities that are having a crime epidemic. Guns and ammo in rural America are used for hunting wild animals and not robbing and killing people. Obama has a hatred of Bible clutching and rifle carrying people of rural America who do no harm but yet he embraces the killers in the cities. It seems that moral values are held in very low esteem during his term.

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2redeye1(5064 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

gdog once again you show your true sense.. Stupidity as always, Did you ever hear the old saying " keep your mouth shut and let the world wonder if you are stupid, don't open it and show the world that you really are stupid"

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3NoBS(2215 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

For the eleventy-billionth time: There is no connection between teenage gang-banger thugs and honest, law-abiding citizens who choose to own firearms.

When they try to use the thug life ghetto behavior as justification for wanting law-abiding citizens' guns, it's not about safety, and it's not about crime. It's about taking guns, in violation of the 2nd Amendment.

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4Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

they need to quit worrying about the 2nd amendment and start violating the 4th and taking these illegal guns off the streets by any means possible. Quit blaming the law abiding citizens who are responsible

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