This piece is so poorly written I’m amazed!
UC Davis study: Women, children frequently hurt by stray bullets
Man, I’ve heard of “Heat Seeking Bullets”, but never “Women and Children Seeking Bullets”….also neither has anybody else, because that’s all that’s mentioned in this story about that….seriously.
“Stray-bullet shootings alter the nature of life in many American neighborhoods, creating fear and anxiety and prompting parents to keep children indoors and take other precautions,” Wintemute said. “When we think about gun violence, we think about high-profile and tragic events like Virginia Tech or the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But stray-bullet shootings affect entire communities every day, and there has been almost no research exploring them.”
Almost no research. Well given that Dr. Wintemute is on the scene that won’t change. We’ve seen what he’s attempted to pass off as “Research” in the past(PDF warning).
Within that framework, the study team identified 284 stray-bullet shootings events, in which 317 people were killed or injured. Most of the people shot (81 percent) were unaware of the events leading to the gunfire that caused their injuries. Of the 65 people who died during the monitoring period, most died on the day they were shot, and many died at the shooting scene.
The shootings were concentrated in big cities, and included scenarios involving violent conflicts (59.2 percent), hunting and other shooting sports (7.4 percent), and unknown activities (22.9 percent). Despite its frequent occurrence, celebratory gunfire related to holidays such as July 4th caused relatively few stray bullet injuries, accounting for less than 5 percent of the cases.
Ahhh Google as a research tool, that’s some “Hard science” right there. Also looks like the vast majority is urban street violence, not lawful shooting gone awry. What’s Wintemute’s solution?
Wintemute said he hopes the findings will raise awareness of stray-bullet shooting and help lead to the expansion of preventive measures, such as “hot-spot policing,” which involves increasing enforcement of firearm laws in areas with high levels of gun violence.
By “Hot Spots” you mean “known Gang Territory”, right? Who’s going to enforce these laws? Local cops are already unwilling to go into gang turf for foot beats and cruiser patrol, as the gangs don’t take kindly to LEOs.
So more intellectual masturbation from the pointy-headed “Progressive” ivory tower!