Social Ties Blamed for Gun Violence in Chicago.

I would be surprised if Yale University ever releases a pro-gun study, but at least they’re blaming gun violence on something other than the 2nd Amendment.

It turns out that who you know and spend time with may have more of an influence on your risk of becoming a gun homicide victim, than race, age and gang affiliation, according to a new study from a team of sociologists at Yale University.


Andrew Papachristos, an associate professor of sociology at Yale, analyzed police and gun homicide records from 2006 to 2011 for people living in a high-crime neighborhood in Chicago. He found that 41 percent of all gun homicides occurred within a network of less than 4 percent of the neighborhood’s population, and that the closer one is connected to a homicide victim, the greater that person’s chances were for becoming a victim. Each social tie removed from a homicide victim decreased a person’s odds of becoming a victim by 57 percent.


Of course, and some of these “victims” are probably gang bangers themselves, or friends of bangers that get caught in the crossfire.

Typically, Papachristos says, there are traditional factors that put a person at a higher risk of becoming a victim of gun violence homicide – African-Americans are more likely to be killed than whites; men more likely than women; gang members more likely than non-gang members; and those who come from low-income neighborhoods more likely than affluent individuals.


It’s also an issue of culture, poor whites and poor blacks aren’t alike, a poor white in Tennessee owns guns, poor blacks in Chicago don’t unless they’re criminals.