All legal gun purchases in Mexico must be made at a tightly secured army facility in Mexico City, following an arduous process of background checks. About 38 guns are sold there each day. Meanwhile, more than 500 guns are smuggled daily into Mexico from the U.S.–a poignant figure as the country suffers through unprecedented levels of homicide.
The city signs on to controversial gun-violence reduction program called Advance Peace, which critics say pays violent criminals not to shoot guns. Participants can receive $9,000 stipends during an 18-month period for reaching goals such as successfully completing substance abuse treatment or completing education.
White homicide victims increased by 22 percent between 2014-2016—not too far off the 29 percent increase in black victims. One possible reason: the opioid epidemic. New evidence reveals a spike in drug-related violence reminiscent of the crack cocaine era, says a leading criminologist.
In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But gun deaths and firearms injuries have increased so far in 2017, according to tallies by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.
Criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, says homicide rates in a sample of 56 large U.S. cities rose by an average of 16.8 percent last year over 2014. The increase was “heavily concentrated in a few cities with large African-American populations.”
Reports of gang-related violence increased during 2012, the most recent year for which national data is available, according to a brief released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Researchers analyzed data from 3,100 local law enforcement agencies that participated in the annual National Gang Survey in 2012. There were 2,363 gang-related homicides reported, a 23 percent jump from 2011. Law enforcement agencies also reported a total of 30,700 local gangs, an increase of about 8 […]
It's a startling parallel: homicides account for about 89 percent of firearms-related deaths among black men ages 15 to 44, while suicides account for about 89 percent of firearms-related deaths among white men ages 35 to 64, according to a new study in the Annual Review of Public Health. Researchers at the University of California, Davis analyzed federal firearms mortality statistics from 2003 through 2012. They found that in 2006, homicide and suicide rates began going in different directions. “There […]
A new study aims to dispel some of the myths about what causes a youth to commit murder. The study, published in the journal Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice examined data from the longitudinal “Pathways to Desistance” study, which followed 1,354 youths charged with serious crimes. Of the sample of 1,354 youths, 18 had been charged with homicide. Researchers analyzed eight demographic characteristics and 35 risk factors associated with youth violence, to see whether any distinguished the homicide group. “Among […]