ISS 210, SECTION 9, READING STUDY GUIDE, PART IV, FALL, 2006
Eitzen, “Crime and Control,” pp. 198-199
Among the industrialized nations, there is not much difference in what kinds of crime?
*burglaries, bicycle thefts, and other property crimes
Among the industrialized nations, the U.S. has much higher rates of what types of crime?
*rate of violent crimes (robberies, assaults, murders, and rapes)
Criminologists are in general agreement that violent crime in the U.S. is the result of the
confluence of what five factors?
*1. countries where there is a wide gap between the rich and the poor have the highest
levels of violent crime.
2. the greater the proportion of the population living in poverty, the higher the rate of
3. violent crime is worse in those societies with weak “safety nets” for the poor
4. the government’s “war on drugs” is partly responsible
5. the greater the availability of guns in a society the higher the level of violent crime.
The U.S. incarcerates about 1/4
of the entire prison population of the world.
Eitzen, Reading 31, The Daily
About what percentage of homicides involve a firearm in the U.S. and in Canada?
*two-third in America, one-third in Canada
Eitzen, Reading 32, Booth
The gun-related death rate of U.S. schoolchildren under he age of 15 is nearly 12
higher than the combined totals of 25 other wealthy, industrialized nations, according to a
major study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Broken down per capita, the U.S. rate of firearm deaths is more than triple
closest nation, Canada.
In Great Britain, the 1996 massacre of 16 elementary school children and their teacher in
Dublin, Scotland, resulted in:
*an immediate call for total ban on handguns
After a gunman with automatic rifles killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania, what
*Australia banned all automatic and semiautomatic weapons, including pumping-action
Eitzen, Reading 33, Waller and Welsh