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Godnick, William, Robert Muggah and Camilla Waszink. 2002 ‘El Salvador: Firearm-related Homicides.’ Stray Bullets: the Impact of Small Arms Misuse in Central America; Occasional Paper No. 5, p. 13. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 October
El Salvador: Firearm-related Homicides
The Civilian National Police (PNC) reports that 57 per cent of all firearm-related homicides in the first quarter of 2000 were committed in rural zones, against 43 per cent in urban areas, where 58 per cent of the country's population lives.
This data suggests that, unlike in many other parts of Latin America, firearm-related violence and crime are not only urban problems in El Salvador, and, in fact, the incidence may be even higher in rural areas (Cruz, 2001). (14)
(14) With regard to suicides, firearms appear to be involved in a relatively small number of incidents. In 1999, national forensic authorities registered 821 suicides, of which only eight per cent were committed with firearms - a rate of 1.06 per 100,000 (Cruz, 2001).