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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

White on Causes of Intentional Homicide

Linn White has posted God, Guns & Money: A Global Perspective on Intentional Homicide (Western State Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2016) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Perhaps one of the most contentious issues in the United States is the ownership of personal firearms, with sharp divides between those who view access to firearms as a fundamental right, and those who view the ownership of personal firearms as an anachronism that has no place in modern society. Within the debate, both sides have produced a considerable volume of highly polarized, and often completely contradictory literature on the relationship between firearms and homicide rates. However, using a detailed analysis of international data, this paper reveals deep flaws in the reasoning underpinning both sides of the firearms debate.

Further, while economic issues also tend to receive a great deal of attention as causal factors for intentional homicide rates, this study points to a much stronger correlation that has largely been overlooked – namely the role of certain fundamentalist religious ideologies, which appear to be far more likely contributors to violent behavior.

The research also demonstrates that burgeoning rehabilitation measures in the criminal justice system, such as trauma-informed care, might be dramatically improved by taking into account some of the results found within this study.

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