Armed and Considered Dangerous

ISBN-10: 0202362426
ISBN-13: 9780202362427
Edition: 2nd 2008
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Description: Armed and Considered Dangerous is a book about "bad guys" and their guns. But Wright and Rossi contend that for every suspected criminal who owns and abuses a firearm, a hundred or more average citizens own guns for sport, for recreation, for  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication date: 4/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Armed and Considered Dangerous is a book about "bad guys" and their guns. But Wright and Rossi contend that for every suspected criminal who owns and abuses a firearm, a hundred or more average citizens own guns for sport, for recreation, for self-protection, and for other reasons generally regarded as appropriate or legitimate. Armed and Considered Dangerous is the most ambitious survey ever undertaken of criminal acquisition, possession, and use of guns.

Preface to the Expanded Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the AldineTransaction Edition
The Criminal Acquisition and Use of Firearms
Introduction
Gun Crime as a Social Problem
Social Science Implications
Policymaking Considerations
An Overview of Prior Literature and Our Findings
Characteristics of the Prisoner Sample
A Typology of Criminal Gun Use
Firearms Ownership and Use
Growing Up with Guns
Why Do Criminals Carry Guns
Armed Victims
What Felons Look For in Firearms
The Market for Criminals' Guns
"Gun Control" and Criminal Gun Use
Policy Implications
The Felon Survey Methods, Procedures, Descriptive Data
Research Goals
Survey Design and Method
Selection of Research Sites
Choosing Respondents within Prisons
Field Operations
Response Rates
Questionnaire Development and Disposition
Site Descriptions and Characteristics
Data Quality
Salient Sample Characteristics
Summary of Sample Characteristics
Varieties of Armed Criminals: A Descriptive Typology
Validation
Previous Criminal Histories
Patterns of Weapons Ownership and Use: On the Circumstances of Criminal Violence
Overall Patterns of Ownership and Use
Patterns of Weapons Use: The Conviction Offense
Patterns of Weapons Use: Other Offenses
The Correlates of "Habitual" Weapons Carrying
Additional Details on Weapons-Carrying Behavior
Summary of Principal Findings
Family, Friends, and Firearms: The Effects of Socialization on Felons' Weapons Behavior
Motivations to go Armed
The "Rationality" of Firearms use in Crime
Measuring Weapons-Carrying Motives
The Motivations of Nongun Users
Coherence in Motives
The Importance of Gun Carrying
Reasons for the "Most Recent" Firearms Acquisitions
Confronting the Armed Victim
Armed Victims as Risks to Criminals
Attitudinal Results
Armed Victim Confrontations: Experiential Results
Summary
The Criminal as a Firearms Consumer
What Felons Look For in a Handgun
What Felons Actually Carry
Consumer Sophistication
Summary
Patterns of Acquisition: Where and How Felons Obtain Guns
How and Where Do Felons Obtain Handguns?
Criminal Handguns versus Crime Handguns
Other Characteristics of the Criminal-Handgun Market
Where and How Do Felons Obtain Shoulder Weapons?
Summary
Patterns of Acquisition: Gun Theft
How Many Crime Guns are Stolen Guns?
Who Steals Guns?
How Many Guns Are Stolen?
Why Are Guns Stolen?
The Commerce in Stolen Firearms
Where are Guns Stolen?
The Optimal Gun Theft
Summary
Handgun Controls and Weapons Choice: The Substitution Issue
Substitution Theory
Postrelease Gun Acquisition
Acquisition Under Conditions of Scarcity
The Great American Gun War: Some Policy Implications of the Felon Study
Introduction
The Nature of the Illicit Firearms Market
Crime Guns: Quality and Price
Why Criminals Carry and Use Guns
Substitution and Other Neutralizing Side Effects
Bibliography
Index

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