Argentina: Study shows gun violence kills 89 in 9 countries during Week of Action

Asociacion para Politicas Publicas (APP), IANSA member in Argentina conducted a study of firearm-related crimes reported in the media during five days of the Week of Action in 9 countries of Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Jamaica, Guatemala and Colombia). Out of 89 homicides, 93% of the victims were men, confirming global gender and gun homicide statistics. 15 were minors between 8 and 18 years old, 59 victims were between 19 and 49 years old and 13 victims were more than 50 years old. 89 cases in five days would equate to more than 32,000 firearms-related homicides in one year. Maria Pia Devoto (APP) stated that “gun violence is a health issue, we are facing an epidemic.” The results of the study were distributed to journalists, parliamentarians, national NGOs and regional networks and through social media.