Colorado’s Deadliest Neighborhood: Census Tract 54.00

Flowers wrap a stop sign where Mayra Cervantes, 18, and Cesar Ramirez-Ibanez, 21, were randomly shot and killed as they hung a yard sale sign on July 6, 2008 in Colorado Springs. Their deaths would add to the toll in Colorado’s deadliest neighborhood during the 12-year span been the mass shooting tragedies at Columbine and Aurora. Census Tract 54.00, a southeastern Colorado Springs enclave  of 1960s tract houses, apartment complexes and four public schools, recorded 24 gun deaths during the period.
(Joe Mahoney/I-News Network at Rocky Mountain PBS)

The night would add to the toll of tragedy in Colorado’s deadliest neighborhood, a southeastern Colorado Springs area of 1960s tract houses, apartment complexes and four public schools – where postcard-perfect views of Pikes Peak frame the skyline to the northwest, and where gunfire and death are an intractable reality of life. Continue Reading →

Gun Deaths by County

County-by-county Gun Deaths in Colorado

Residents in Boulder County had one of the lowest death rates from guns among the state’s most populous counties during the 12 years between the Columbine High School and Aurora theater massacres. And almost nine out of every 10 deaths by guns were suicides, according to an I-News analysis of health data. Continue Reading →

Gun deaths: Suicide rate quadruple homicide rate

During the 12-year span between the mass shootings at Columbine and Aurora, Coloradans used guns to kill themselves about four times more frequently than they used them to kill each other, an I-News analysis of death certificates found. The analysis, which covered the years 2000 through 2011, also found that white residents disproportionately committed suicides with guns while minorities were disproportionately victims of homicide shootings. In the wake of the July 20 attack at the Century Aurora 16, which left 12 people dead and more than 50 injured, state legislators introduced a flurry of measures, including proposals to prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, impose universal background checks, and ban people with concealed weapons permits from carrying guns on college campuses. The bills have sparked sometimes-emotional debate and prompted large protests as gun rights activists and supporters of the proposals beseeched lawmakers and Gov. John Hickenlooper. Earlier this week, a plane circling central Denver towed a banner that read: “Hick: Don’t Take Our Guns.” Continue Reading →