Gun Violence Cause and Effect Essay by ResearchRiter

Gun Violence
An exploration of the causes of gun violence.
# 121040 | 984 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Criminology (General)

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This paper examines gun violence, detailing some of its root causes, discussing the impact of gun violence on the young and identifying illegal gun trafficking as a mechanism that causes proliferation of illegal guns. The paper highlights the link between gun and drug trafficking and the need for law enforcement to disturb the gun/drug trafficking cycle. The paper includes an outline.

How Illegal Drug Trafficking Causes Proliferation of Illegal Guns

From the Paper:

"Illegal drug traffickers do not deal exclusively in drugs. This is because they tend to buy drugs where the drugs are cheap and sell them in another locale, where the cost of drugs is higher, bringing a bigger profit ("The Deadly Circle of Gun & Drug Trafficking"). Once in the location where they have sold the drugs, however, traffickers do not want to just return to the original location and buy additional drugs. Instead, they buy different contraband in the selling locale--illegal guns--that are cheaper there and worth more money back in their original city. In this way, traffickers do not need to make a full round trip to yield only one profit; they can profit at both ends of their journey. As an example, a drug dealer in Detroit can buy a gram of crack cocaine there for $50 and sell it in Huntington for $100, because there is little competition and high demand ("The Deadly Circle of Gun & Drug Trafficking"). He uses the $100 to buy a 9mm semiautomatic pistol in Huntington, West Virginia, where the gun laws are more lenient than in Michigan, then resells it in Detroit for $200 ("The Deadly Circle of Gun & Drug Trafficking"). Back in Detroit, he uses the $200 from selling the pistol to buy four grams of crack cocaine, and then returns to Huntington, where he can double his profit again ("The Deadly Circle of Gun & Drug Trafficking")."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Section I: Gun Violence in the United States." Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • "The Deadly Circle of Gun & Drug Trafficking."
  • Bingenheimer, J.B.; Brennan, R.T.; Earls, F.J. "Firearm violence exposures and serious violent behavior." Science, 308.5726, May 2005, 1323-1326.
  • Levin, Carl. "The Shooting Deaths of Detroit-Area Children." 2002.

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