Criminals get their guns illegally, off the street. We’ve said it time and time again, but we’re typically ignored. I think part of it is that because the people we tell don’t know how to get an illegal gun, they figure it’s not that easy. I get it. Of course, they’re wrong.
Recently a study was conducted that showed just how easily the bad guys can get a gun, and it’s not difficult at all.
“Literally, we wanted to know how many ‘handshakes’ away possible users of illegal firearms are to a gun,” said Andrew V. Papachristos, senior author of the study and a professor of sociology at Northwestern University, during an interview with the student-lead Northwestern Now website. “How easy is it for them to get a gun?”
Researchers focused in on a group of more than 188,000 co-offenders — defined as two people arrested together and therefore, likely to be associates or friends in a larger network of criminals. The study relayed the offender list with information on nearly 29,000 firearms seized from Chicago streets to map out the distance between the two data sets. Papachristos described the result as about “2.5 handshakes” apart.
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