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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Gun Control & Crime Prevention

Nickie Phillips

Check out David Cole’s article “Our Romance With Guns” here. Among the highlights, Cole reinforces the fact that young men of color bear the brunt of gun violence in the United States, points out that the NRA was a supporter of gun control until the leadership of Wayne LaPierre in the 1970s took a radical turn, and that approaches to crime prevention may be found by relying on smart policing strategies and “focused deterrence” programs without resorting to oppressive and unconstitutional stop and frisk policies. He reviews the following:

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America by Adam Winkler

The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control by Franklin E. Zimring

Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy

For a database of research on firearms compiled by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, go here.

For a special issue of Criminology & Public Policy (2005) on gun control policy, go here.