Illegal Alien Crime and Violence by the Numbers: Gemma, National Executive Committee member At first glance, the statistics are jolting. According to the United Nations, 97 percent of the illegal immigrants who enter the U. This correlation is particularly strong:
However, gun violence isn't the leading cause of violence in America. It is just the most salient. The shop sells guns and gun supplies, and has seen a recent increase in sales.
The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while firearms enthusiasts are stocking up on assault rifles in anticipation of tighter gun control measures.
We pay to watch violence at the movies. Parents pay money for kids to play violent video games. Certain businesses make money off of violence.
We cheer when there is a fight in hockey. Mixed Martial Arts is more violent than boxing and its ratings have been skyrocketing. We have a violence problem in America. According to the inat a total rate of There were 2, homicides by a gun in the 98 days after Newtown. But looking at the statistics above, we don't just have a gun problem, we have a violence problem.
Do we have a gun violence problem in the United States? There is no doubt about that. With about 10, gun homicides a year, and 20, gun suicides a year, the U. People who love guns don't necessarily love violence. In fact, I suspect that violence done with guns upsets gun enthusiasts just as much as other citizens but there is the added element that the legal gun owners subsequently need to defend a way of life, a hobby and an American sub-culture.
There is a legitimate gun culture in America that the anti-gun groups don't understand; this legal gun culture does not misuse their guns as they have a high level of respect for their guns and the responsibilities of owning a gun.
On the flip side, there is also a case to be made that the pro-gun groups seemingly refuse to recognize, which is that where there are more guns there is more homicide.
But how we respond to this data matters. We can arbitrarily crack down on guns, or we can try to reduce gun offenses were they are happening by the people illegally carrying and using guns.
I think the choice is clear. Just as there are different types of violencethere are different types of solutions to the different types of violence. There is no one size fits all approach.
Offering a list of interventions to decrease violence is well beyond the scope of this article. The data on how seeing violence leads to violent actions has been well established since when Albert Bandura did his famous bobo doll experiment.
Children witnessed an adult doing specific aggressive behaviors towards an inflatable bobo doll. The children who saw the aggressive behavior then were released into the room with a bobo doll and they exhibited the same behavior.
Children who did not see the adults do the aggressive behavior were far less likely to act aggressively towards the bobo doll. If we know that the imitation of aggressive behaviors occurs, as a society, why do we enjoy it so much? We may be our own worst enemy.
What is not helpful is for non-experts to suddenly start to care about something because of a high profile event. As awful as high profile events are, it is important to remember that high profile events are high profile precisely because they are unusual and unlikely.
Making policy based on high profile events is a surefire way to overreact and make inefficient and, worse, ineffective policy. A high profile event is good time find out where a shortcoming of a policy or a failure of a policy might reside, but a high profile event is not necessarily what policy should target.
Doing so would result in the majority of cases being marginalized and a strategy designed around an unlikely event. Paul Heroux is a state representative from Massachusetts. He previously worked for a prison and a jail, and he has a Master's in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard.
Paul can be reached at paulheroux.A violent crime or crime of violence is a crime in which an offender or perpetrator uses or threatens to use force upon a victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, such as murder or rape, as well as crimes in which violence is the means to an end.
Violent crimes may, or may not, be committed with weapons. Depending on the jurisdiction, violent crimes may vary. Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes. In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force. The data presented. Some 33, violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs are criminally active in the U.S.
today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods. National Compassion Fund The National Compassion Fund provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of mass casualty crimes.
% of donations go directly to victims.. We are currently raising funds for the victims of the Santa Fe Shooting. Mar 27, · America's Violence Problem (and It's Not Just With Guns) We have a violence problem in America.
However, gun violence isn't the leading cause of violence in America.