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Firearm Lethality in Drug Market Contexts

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
The current study examines firearms' impact on the relationship between illegal drug markets and homicide. At the county-level, Iowa and Virginia are analyzed using crime data from the National Incident Based Reporting System. More specifically, gun availability is tested as a mediator for county drug crime rates and homicide counts. Variable selection and prediction is based on routine activity and social disorganization theories. I argue that social disorganization allows the context for which criminal opportunity presents itself through routine activities. I posit gun availability mediates a positive relationship between illegal drug markets and homicide, with differences between urban and rural communities.
Title: Firearm Lethality in Drug Market Contexts.
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Name(s): McCutcheon, James, Author
Corzine, Harold, Committee Chair
Jasinski, Jana, Committee Member
Huff-Corzine, Lin, Committee Member
Jarvis, John, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study examines firearms' impact on the relationship between illegal drug markets and homicide. At the county-level, Iowa and Virginia are analyzed using crime data from the National Incident Based Reporting System. More specifically, gun availability is tested as a mediator for county drug crime rates and homicide counts. Variable selection and prediction is based on routine activity and social disorganization theories. I argue that social disorganization allows the context for which criminal opportunity presents itself through routine activities. I posit gun availability mediates a positive relationship between illegal drug markets and homicide, with differences between urban and rural communities.
Identifier: CFE0004888 (IID), ucf:49658 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-08-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Sociology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): lethality -- drug market -- firearms -- firearm -- gun -- guns -- gun availability -- homicide -- social disorganization -- routine activity theory
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004888
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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