Crime and Guns

Basic to the debates on gun control is the fact that most violent crime is committed by repeat offenders.  Dealing with recidivism is key to solving violence. 71% of gunshot victims had previous arrest records. 64% had been convicted of a crime. Each had an average of 11 prior arrests., 63% of victims had criminal histories and 73% of that group knew their assailant (twice as often as victims without criminal histories). 74% of homicides during the commission of a felony involve guns. Most gun violence is between criminals. This should be the public policy focus. Myth: Criminals buy guns at gun stores and gun shows Fact: One study of adult offenders living in Chicago or nearby determined that criminals obtain most of their guns through their social network and personal connections. Rarely is the proximate source either direct purchase from a gun store, or even theft. This agrees with other, broader studies of incarcerated felons. Fact: Another city-wide study, … Continue reading Crime and Guns