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“We Carry Guns to Stay Safe” Perspectives on Guns and Gun Violence from Young Adults Living in Chicago’s West and South Sides

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dc.contributor.author Fontaine, Jocelyn
dc.contributor.author La Vigne, Nancy G.
dc.contributor.author Leitson, David
dc.contributor.author Erondu, Nkechi
dc.contributor.author Okeke, Cameron
dc.contributor.author Dwivedi, Anamika
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-13T14:31:11Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-13T14:31:11Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-04
dc.identifier.citation Fontaine, Jocelyn; La Vigne, Nancy G.; Leitson, David; Erondu, Nkechi; Okeke, Cameron; Dwivedi, Anamika (2018). “We Carry Guns to Stay Safe” Perspectives on Guns and Gun Violence from Young Adults Living in Chicago’s West and South Sides. The Urban Institute. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1753
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract Homicide is the leading cause of death for black boys and men ages 15 to 34 in Chicago, and the easy availability of guns is a contributing factor. To stem the tide of gun violence in Chicago, policymakers need more insight into why young adults carry guns and what might deter them from doing so. To that end, the Urban Institute, in partnership with community program providers and with support from the Joyce Foundation, surveyed young adults living in Chicago’s West and South Side neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence. This survey’s purpose was to learn firsthand whether and why young adults in these neighborhoods carry guns, how they acquire firearms, how they experience gun violence and policing, and what they think could reduce gun carrying and promote safety. [The] firsthand insights from the young people we surveyed [revealed]: Many young men have carried guns but not routinely...Men carry guns for protection...Victimization is a common experience...guns are readily accessible through informal channels...Perceived risk of apprehension is low...[and] perceptions of police are poor...When young adults were asked about potential factors that might reduce gun carrying and promote safety, more law enforcement was not the most common response. Instead, they mentioned the need for employment and addressing peer influences around gun carrying and use. They also highlighted the importance of addressing social norms and perceptions that encourage gun carrying. [CVRL Note: see also the related summary blog post, "Six Things We Learned From Young Adults Experiencing Gun Violence in Chicago."] (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Urban Institute en_US
dc.subject Research Into Practice en_US
dc.subject Young Adult en_US
dc.subject Men en_US
dc.subject Urban en_US
dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Victim en_US
dc.subject Policy en_US
dc.subject Violent Crime en_US
dc.subject Homicide en_US
dc.subject Murder en_US
dc.subject Gun Violence en_US
dc.subject Gun Deaths en_US
dc.subject Firearm Violence en_US
dc.subject Shooting en_US
dc.subject Weapons en_US
dc.subject Street Violence en_US
dc.subject Non-fatal Shooting en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Vicarious Victimization en_US
dc.subject Trauma-Informed en_US
dc.subject Community Violence en_US
dc.subject Community Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Attitudes Towards Police en_US
dc.subject Vicarious Trauma en_US
dc.subject Network Trauma en_US
dc.subject Crime Reporting en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Reporting en_US
dc.subject Trust en_US
dc.subject Cooperation en_US
dc.title “We Carry Guns to Stay Safe” Perspectives on Guns and Gun Violence from Young Adults Living in Chicago’s West and South Sides en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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