ERIC Number: ED378455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Guns and Crime: Protection versus Peril. Firearm Facts.
Duker, Laurie, Ed.
Many Americans, terrified of violent crime, attempt to protect themselves by owning guns. However, statistics provided in this brief fact sheet reveal that people who choose to have a gun easily available are in fact putting their families and friends into greater danger since far more homicides occur during domestic arguments than during robberies. Persons in an enraged or depressed state with access to a gun often forget the original intent of ownership, and a highly charged non-lethal situation can easily turn into a homicide. A chart on percentage of homicides in the United States in 1988, by weapon used and sex of victim is included. (RB)
Descriptors: Crime Prevention, Family Violence, Fear, Guns, Homicide, Safety, Sex Differences, Violence, Weapons
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Arlington, VA.; Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA.
Note: For related Firearm Facts sheets, see CG 025 656-664.