The Rise of Gun Violence in America

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By John Shuster | July 2, 2012

As part of its “A Better World Without Guns” campaign, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently unveiled a new report on preventing violent crime. In it, the bishops noted that mass shootings could be prevented by more effective identification and tracking of guns and gun offenders.

The report, “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Conference on Religion and Peace,” concluded that “violence in the United States is the result of a number of factors. These include social problems ranging from economic poverty to racism, to public health challenges, and to a failure of leadership and effective law enforcement.” However, mass shootings are only one piece of a larger problem: Guns in America are fueling a wide range of crime, including a large increase in gang violence.

“In the United States about 20 percent of domestic homicides are now gang-related murders,” the report noted. “Among the young people involved in these murders, the main culprits are juveniles from the inner cities who have been rejected by society and are out of control by having no respect for authority or otherwise breaking societal norms.”

As part of its “A Better World Without Guns” campaign, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently unveiled a new report on preventing violent crime. In it, the bishops noted that mass shootings could be prevented by more effective identification and tracking of guns and gun offenders.

A recent study by the University of Utah’s Crime Prevention Research Center confirms that violent crime has been on the rise in the U.S. for the past several years. “The biggest spike occurred in the 2000s,” the study found, “caused by the increased availability of handguns and rifles, as well as by the proliferation of ammunition and other weapons.”

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