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Victimization Risks

Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig

in Gun Violence

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849208 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153842.003.0002

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Victimization Risks

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This chapter describes the statistical patterns of gun violence in America. Assaults and unintentional shootings are focused among young Hispanics and especially African Americans, whereas suicide rates tend to increase in the late middle ages and are higher for whites than minorities. All types of gun violence occur disproportionately among the poor and overwhelmingly on males rather than females, but no group is entirely spared. The chapter evaluates the array of policy measures targeting the reduction of gun use in violence, rather than the reduction of the overall rates of violence. In fact, it is the use of guns in violent crime that makes America unique among industrialized nations.

Keywords: gun violence; America; Hispanics; African Americans; suicide; whites; minorities; poor; crime

Chapter.  3006 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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