Guns, Youth Violence, and Social Identity in Inner Cities

  title={Guns, Youth Violence, and Social Identity in Inner Cities},
  author={Jeffrey A. Fagan and Deanna L. Wilkinson},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={105 - 188}
While youth violence has always been a critical part of delinquency, the modern epidemic is marked by high rates of gun violence. Adolescents in cities possess and carry guns on a large scale, guns are often at the scene of youth violence, and guns often are used. Guns play a central role in initiating, sustaining, and elevating the epidemic of youth violence. The demand for guns among youth was fueled by an "ecology of danger," comprising street gangs, expanding drug markets with high… 
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