Gun Violence concentrated to a small number of US city Blocks

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Well, it's nice that the Liberal media is finally starting to admit this and talk about it. Gun violence is being driven by an incredibly small subset of the US population.

June 16, 2022

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Good morning. A small number of blocks often account for most of the gun violence in U.S. cities.
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Jomarria Vaughn in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.Jamie Kelter Davis for The New YorkTimes

Highly concentrated

Thirty-five people were killed in mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa over the past few weeks, focusing national attention on America’s unique gun problem.
In that same time, around 1,800 people were killed and almost 500 wounded in nearly 1,600 other shootings in the U.S., including at a Los Angeles warehouse party over the weekend. Mass shootings account for less than 4 percent of gun homicides in a typical year, and most gun violence in the U.S. takes a different form. So I went to Chicago, where shootings are a daily occurrence in some areas, to see what more-typical gun violence looks like.
There, I met 24-year-old Jomarria Vaughn. After spending time in jail on domestic violence and weapon charges, he has tried to rebuild his life. But his past haunts him.
The last time he was on Facebook, he found out his best friend had been shot to death. He now tries to stay off the site, out of fear that posting the wrong thing could anger the wrong people — and make him a target.
In his neighborhood, he tries to avoid spending too much time “out on the block,” he said. Even if he is not a target, violence is so common there that Vaughn worries he could be hit by a stray bullet.
“I’m scared,” Vaughn told me. “I have my guard up all day.”
This is what daily life looks like for many Black Chicagoans. Across the city, the murder rate for Black people is higher than it was from the 1980s through the 1990s — a violent period that drove a nationwide push for mass incarceration. Black Chicagoans are nearly 40 times more likely to be shot to death than their white peers, according to an analysis by the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
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Source: University of Chicago Crime Lab
The violence is highly concentrated: Just 4 percent of city blocks account for the majority of shootings across Chicago, according to the Crime Lab.
Similar disparities exist across America. Black and brown neighborhoods suffer higher rates of poverty, and violence concentrates around poverty. The violence is so intensive that a few neighborhoods, blocks or people often drive most of the shootings and murders in a city or county. And this is true in both urban and rural areas, said Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at Princeton.
The disparities have held up as murders have spiked across the country since 2020. So while the numbers are typically reported through a national lens, the reality on the ground is that a small slice of the population — disproportionately poor, Black and brown — suffers the most from it.

Two worlds

The concentration of violence has another effect: It pushes violence out of sight for most people.
In Chicago, 51 people were shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — a five-year high. Almost all of the victims were on the city’s South and West Sides, which are mostly Black and brown.
Only when violence hits closer to home does it typically grab more people’s attention. That happened nationwide this year after mass shootings in schools and grocery stores, where Americans can imagine themselves or loved ones falling victim. In Chicago, public outrage over a shooting last month that killed a 16-year-old boy downtown — a richer, whiter area — prompted the mayor to impose a curfew for minors.
But that is the kind of violence that poorer, minority communities deal with daily, with little to no public attention. The vast majority of shootings never make national headlines.
Speaking to Black activists and residents in Chicago, I was struck by how they spoke almost dispassionately about the violence around them. They all had stories of dead friends and family members killed in gang shootings, episodes of domestic violence or road rage, or during petty conflicts over women — the shootings sometimes just days or weeks apart. Outside their homes, the sound of gunshots is common.
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Chicago faith leaders regularly meet to find ways to reduce violence.Jamie Kelter Davis for The New York Times

Vicious cycles

As I traveled around Chicago, the two worlds were clearly visible. Wealthier parts looked like a modern, rich city — parking meters and payment terminals built for smartphones, bustle around packed businesses, and residents on electric bikes and scooters. Poor areas were marked by disinvestment: homes in disrepair, boarded-up buildings and few to no stores.
What I saw exemplifies a vicious cycle that causes the concentration of violence in an area, experts said. Poverty leads to violence, which leads to disinvestment, which leads to more poverty and violence. Coupled with a police force that fails to solve most murders and shootings, the cycle becomes difficult to break.
By contrast, other communities have a host of social supports keeping violence at bay, including good jobs, better schools, well-kept parks and recreation centers, and responsive police.
So for most Americans, violence is something they may hear about on the news but do not deal with on a regular basis. But for people in the hardest-hit communities, violence is a fact of daily life. Like Vaughn, they come to expect it — and worry that they could be the next victim.​
 

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Why do you have to make it about race??? If you have a racial issue with the story - take it up with the NYT. But ish, I'm disappointed in you, because that's an obvious attempt at deflection and an attempted poison pill to the story. I expected more from you.

In fact, it's THE VERY FACT that people like you paint this as a racial issue/poison pill - rather than recognize that its a poverty and society issue - that nothing will ever be done to address this!!! JFC, it's all become so clear. 19 "nice" Brown kids in TX ( and white kids in Parkland and Newtown earlier) get murdered and it's a big fucking deal because they were killed while peacefully at skool. But 1600 black "teens" get killed in the same time period and it's a big meh because they are killin' each other.

The article makes it very clear it's not about race, but about poverty. Fucks Sakes!!
 

Burning Man

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It's just another gun thread.
Yeah, because discussing the actual root causes of violence is bad. A real gun thread is where everyone refuses to discuss root causes and fixes to those root causes. Sooooooo...... So far it seems you're correct. Well done.

Sorry (not sorry) if the truth contained in this article is inconvenient to your (collective 'your') narrative about gunz and how "widespread" the gun violence is in 'Murica.
 

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Maybe @Danceswithoctopus will finally acknowledge that my "could it be mostly gang related......." supposition actually has some data behind it?

Nah, the cephalopod could never bring himself to admit I might be correct. Never mind.
so a large part MAY be drug / gang / organized crime related .. but there is still way more than enough left to action a change of law
clouding the issue doesn't mean there isn't still an issue
 

d'ranger

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Way to go Jeff - blame everything except the fact that everyone is packing. I remember when gang violence meant guys with switchblades and brass nuckles. And Cops carried revolvers.

So, ignore guns since it doesn't fit your little dick narrative.
 

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Well, it's nice that the Liberal media is finally starting to admit this and talk about it. Gun violence is being driven by an incredibly small subset of the US population.


June 16, 2022

Continue reading the main story

Good morning. A small number of blocks often account for most of the gun violence in U.S. cities.

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Jomarria Vaughn in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.Jamie Kelter Davis for The New YorkTimes

Highly concentrated

Thirty-five people were killed in mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa over the past few weeks, focusing national attention on America’s unique gun problem.
In that same time, around 1,800 people were killed and almost 500 wounded in nearly 1,600 other shootings in the U.S., including at a Los Angeles warehouse party over the weekend. Mass shootings account for less than 4 percent of gun homicides in a typical year, and most gun violence in the U.S. takes a different form. So I went to Chicago, where shootings are a daily occurrence in some areas, to see what more-typical gun violence looks like.
There, I met 24-year-old Jomarria Vaughn. After spending time in jail on domestic violence and weapon charges, he has tried to rebuild his life. But his past haunts him.
The last time he was on Facebook, he found out his best friend had been shot to death. He now tries to stay off the site, out of fear that posting the wrong thing could anger the wrong people — and make him a target.
In his neighborhood, he tries to avoid spending too much time “out on the block,” he said. Even if he is not a target, violence is so common there that Vaughn worries he could be hit by a stray bullet.
“I’m scared,” Vaughn told me. “I have my guard up all day.”
This is what daily life looks like for many Black Chicagoans. Across the city, the murder rate for Black people is higher than it was from the 1980s through the 1990s — a violent period that drove a nationwide push for mass incarceration. Black Chicagoans are nearly 40 times more likely to be shot to death than their white peers, according to an analysis by the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
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Source: University of Chicago Crime Lab
The violence is highly concentrated: Just 4 percent of city blocks account for the majority of shootings across Chicago, according to the Crime Lab.
Similar disparities exist across America. Black and brown neighborhoods suffer higher rates of poverty, and violence concentrates around poverty. The violence is so intensive that a few neighborhoods, blocks or people often drive most of the shootings and murders in a city or county. And this is true in both urban and rural areas, said Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at Princeton.
The disparities have held up as murders have spiked across the country since 2020. So while the numbers are typically reported through a national lens, the reality on the ground is that a small slice of the population — disproportionately poor, Black and brown — suffers the most from it.

Two worlds

The concentration of violence has another effect: It pushes violence out of sight for most people.
In Chicago, 51 people were shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — a five-year high. Almost all of the victims were on the city’s South and West Sides, which are mostly Black and brown.
Only when violence hits closer to home does it typically grab more people’s attention. That happened nationwide this year after mass shootings in schools and grocery stores, where Americans can imagine themselves or loved ones falling victim. In Chicago, public outrage over a shooting last month that killed a 16-year-old boy downtown — a richer, whiter area — prompted the mayor to impose a curfew for minors.
But that is the kind of violence that poorer, minority communities deal with daily, with little to no public attention. The vast majority of shootings never make national headlines.
Speaking to Black activists and residents in Chicago, I was struck by how they spoke almost dispassionately about the violence around them. They all had stories of dead friends and family members killed in gang shootings, episodes of domestic violence or road rage, or during petty conflicts over women — the shootings sometimes just days or weeks apart. Outside their homes, the sound of gunshots is common.
16-the-morning-lede-2-articleLarge-v2.jpg
Chicago faith leaders regularly meet to find ways to reduce violence.Jamie Kelter Davis for The New York Times

Vicious cycles

As I traveled around Chicago, the two worlds were clearly visible. Wealthier parts looked like a modern, rich city — parking meters and payment terminals built for smartphones, bustle around packed businesses, and residents on electric bikes and scooters. Poor areas were marked by disinvestment: homes in disrepair, boarded-up buildings and few to no stores.
What I saw exemplifies a vicious cycle that causes the concentration of violence in an area, experts said. Poverty leads to violence, which leads to disinvestment, which leads to more poverty and violence. Coupled with a police force that fails to solve most murders and shootings, the cycle becomes difficult to break.
By contrast, other communities have a host of social supports keeping violence at bay, including good jobs, better schools, well-kept parks and recreation centers, and responsive police.
So for most Americans, violence is something they may hear about on the news but do not deal with on a regular basis. But for people in the hardest-hit communities, violence is a fact of daily life. Like Vaughn, they come to expect it — and worry that they could be the next victim.​
So ban guns and police these few sectors heavily for awhile. You fags don't really need all those guns for protections then do you?
 

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I don't want to be accused of misinterpreting or told that reading is fundamental.
So I'm just going to quote Jeffski and the disgustingly liberal New York Times article:

Gun violence is being driven by an incredibly small subset of the US population.​
A small number of blocks often account for most of the gun violence in U.S. cities.​

Just gonna leave that there. No gratuitous shots of basketball courts. As is. Unadulterated.
 

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The root cause of gun violence is: sorry (not sorry) GUNS!
It's not about a few city blocks. It's about guns being where they shouldn't be. They shouldn't be in the hands of people who go out and kill a bunch of kids, or shoppers, or church goers. Guns should be regulated. Allowed only to those people who use them for hunting for food, or military. (Or perhaps highly regulated target shooting)
There's no reason that any civilian needs an assault weapon. NONE.
The people who killed the kids in Uvalde, the shoppers in Buffalo, the church goers in Alabama, the kids in Sandy Hook, the kids in Columbine...... These were not black gang bangers in the hood, taking out the rival dealers. These were white assholes who wanted to kill lots of people.
 

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The root cause of gun violence is: sorry (not sorry) GUNS!
It's not about a few city blocks. It's about guns being where they shouldn't be. They shouldn't be in the hands of people who go out and kill a bunch of kids, or shoppers, or church goers. Guns should be regulated. Allowed only to those people who use them for hunting for food, or military. (Or perhaps highly regulated target shooting)
There's no reason that any civilian needs an assault weapon. NONE.
The people who killed the kids in Uvalde, the shoppers in Buffalo, the church goers in Alabama, the kids in Sandy Hook, the kids in Columbine...... These were not black gang bangers in the hood, taking out the rival dealers. These were white assholes who wanted to kill lots of people.
And if we'd legalize drugs, the sellers wouldn't be more likely to be shot than the milkman.
 

Mrleft8

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And if we'd legalize drugs, the sellers wouldn't be more likely to be shot than the milkman.
Then you'd have to legalize prostitution, "protection", "Pest control".... And then the construction companies, and waste removal guys, not to mention the landscapers would have to figure out other ways to make money.... It's all a big laundromat really....
 




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