Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior: The Offender's Perspective

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How are guns used and viewed by criminals? Where do criminals obtain guns? And how do laws make firearms more or less accessible? Confronting these contentious questions, this work offers a comprehensive exploration of the social processes surrounding illegal firearm use and criminal behavior. The authors draw on in-depth interviews with felons convicted of gun-related crimes and previous quantitative studies to offer a fresh look at the key issues of gun violence. Highlighting the overlooked symbolic power of guns in criminal situations, their findings underscore the power of social and cultural forces in affecting gun use. The book takes a comprehensive look at the relationship between guns, violence, and criminal behavior.

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Mark Pogrebin is professor of criminal justice and public affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. His most recent book is About Criminals: A View of the Offender's World. N. Prabha Unnithan is professor of sociology at Colorado State University and editor of Social Sciences Journal. He coauthored Currents of Lethal Violence: An Integrated Model of Suicide and Homicide. Paul Stretesky is associate professor of sociology at Colorado State University and has published widely on issues of criminology and sociology.

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First rate, and the kind of work that is desperately needed.... This book fills a major gap in the gun violence literature. --Tomislav Kovandzic, University of Texas at Dallas.

This important and innovative book will have a significant and prolonged impact on our understanding of gun violence and its related prevention efforts. --Dean Dabney, Georgia State University

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