American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Lessons from the United Kingdom on Firearms Bans, Homicide, and Access
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American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Lessons from the United Kingdom on Firearms Bans, Homicide, and Access

Although the British government imposed various gun control measures throughout the 20th century, the most dramatic moves followed two mass shootings. In1987, 27 year-old Michael Ryan dressed up as “Rambo” and carrying (among other weapons) an M1 Carbine and a Chinese version of the AK-47, shot to death 16 people (and himself) in and around … Continue reading

American Society of Criminology Paper: Who Gets Shot and When Are Gunshots Fatal? Evidence from Rochester, NY
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American Society of Criminology Paper: Who Gets Shot and When Are Gunshots Fatal? Evidence from Rochester, NY

“Neighborhood Factors, Individual Characteristics, and the Lethality of Violence,” by Irshad Altheimer and four others from the Department of Criminal Justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This was a very interesting presentation that begins with some empirical observations about the nature of gun violence in Rochester, NY from 2010 to the middle of 2013. … Continue reading

American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Fear of Crime and Gun Ownership
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American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: Fear of Crime and Gun Ownership

“Connecting the Dots: Assessing the Relationship between Fear of Crime and Moral Panics,” H. Jaymi Elsass, Jaclyn Schildkraut, and Mark Stafford, all of Texas State University. In this presentation, among other things, the authors tried to determine the factors associated with greater fear of personal crime. Previous studies routinely find that women and the elderly … Continue reading

Reflections on Firearms Research at Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: On the Regulation of Ammunition Purchases
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Reflections on Firearms Research at Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology: On the Regulation of Ammunition Purchases

Wanting to immerse myself in the scholarly world of firearms research, I attended my first ever meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in November 2013. The scale and scope of the meeting is amazing. According to Susan Case, administrator of the ASC, 3,217 individuals from 38 different countries registered for the conference. There … Continue reading