Homework Help

Rise in HomicidesDoes age, education, gang affiliation or professional status impact...

user profile pic

pinkfancy86 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM via web

dislike 0 like
Rise in Homicides

Does age, education, gang affiliation or professional status impact the rise in homicides?

4 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

Clearly demographics of an area affect homicide rates.  Areas with a heavy gang presence are going to experience increases in violence, especially homicide.  There is the effect of gang on gang violence, but also heavy collateral damage, often involving civilian casualties.  Sadly, no matter what age or education a person has, if gangs are a part of that person’s life there is going to be an increase in potential homicides.  The more people you have who are younger and have little education and professional opportunities, the more likely it is that gang presence will be high.

user profile pic

mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:25 AM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

According to the following article, which is based on information from Milwaukee, most homicides occur in poverty stricken areas and during a robbery or a drug deal. In a high percentage of cases, the victims know their killers.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/45597372.html

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2012 at 4:49 AM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like

Many criminologists believe that part of the general decline in violent crimes (murders included) can be attributed to the fact that the population is getting older.  Younger people are much more likely to commit violent crimes.

user profile pic

carol-davis | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM (Answer #5)

dislike 0 like

The Harvard School of Public Health recently completed a study on homicide rates in 26 countries including the USA.  In the study, it was determined that the countries with the highest home ownership of guns had the highest  homicide rate increase.   In addition, the study looked at USA states that had high home ownership and found that the homicide rate was dramatically higher than the states with a smaller percentage of gun ownership. 

Poverty certainly has a strong impact on crime.  Desperation and depression caused by financial strain will cause people to do terrible things.  The loss of jobs and lack of prospects for jobs can also create the atmosphere for increase in the homicide statistics.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes