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Routine Activities Theory and Gun Control
This paper uses the routine activities theory to explain differences in gun-related crime rates between the United States and the United Kingdom
# 113175 | 2,390 words | 14 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 22, 2009 in Law (Criminal) , English (Comparison) , Hot Topics (Gun Control) , Criminology (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that the United Kingdom and the United States share a common history, language and heritage, but the similarities end there when it comes to gun control and ownership. The writer points out that in the U.S., gun ownership is a fundamental constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment, while by contrast, no such guarantees exist in the United Kingdom because there is no constitution per se to begin with and gun ownership remains highly regulated and restricted. The writer uses the routine activities theory to identify and explain any differences in gun-related crime rates between the United States and the United Kingdom. This study uses an exploratory review of the relevant peer-reviewed, scholarly and governmental literature to develop the statistical data and empirical observations needed to achieve this purpose. Delivering this comprehensive review as well as a summary of the research, salient findings and recommendations is the final goal of the proposed study. The paper includes a color chart and a description of Geert Hofstede's Five Cultural Dimensions.

Table of Contents:
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of Study and Hypothesis
Importance of Study
Rationale of Study
Overview of Study
Preliminary Review of Related Literature
Discussion of Expected Results
Limitations of Study

From the Paper:

"While comparable levels of gun-related crimes do not exist in the United Kingdom, British citizens also do not enjoy the same level of gun ownership rights as their American counterparts which conceivably adversely affects their ability to defend themselves, their families and their property. Identifying a balanced approach to gun ownership and regulation, then, represents a timely enterprise and is the focus of the study proposed herein.
"Rationale of Study.
Because gun-related crimes can reasonably be expected to be higher in those countries where gun ownership is a highly prized right, it just makes sense that the United States will experience a higher incidence of gun-related crimes than other countries without such a fundamental right to bear arms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beale, S. S. (2002). The unintended consequences of enhancing gun penalties: Shooting down the Commerce Clause and arming federal prosecutors. Duke Law Journal, 51(5), 1641- 1643.
  • Capital offenses: guns. (1995, July). The Economist, 37.
  • Empie, K. M. (2002). Workplace violence and mental illness. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing.
  • Gorman, L. & Kopel, D. B. (2000). Self-defense: The equalizer. Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, 15(4), 92.
  • Gratton, C., & Jones, I. (2003). Research methods for sport studies. New York: Routledge.

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