Tag: #violence

The Parent Ren, Part IV: The Big Bad World Out There

There was a tremendous earthquake in Mexico City today, 32 years to the day of the big one in 1985. (Seriously, what are the odds?) There is also a category 5 hurricane heading to Puerto Rico. In Myanmar, the army is systematically killing Muslims as the survivors of the “cleansing” are making their way to Bangladesh by the thousands. The…

When and Where Matter in Understanding Violence in Baltimore

If you been paying attention, Baltimore has been in the grip of an epidemic of violence going on two-plus years now. If you look closely at the crime statistics, you’ll see that there was an increase in the rate of homicides per day starting around March or April of 2015. The riots/uprising/call-it-what-you-will that happened at the end of April were,…

Imagine This, but with Guns…

One of the most common counter-arguments from people who oppose any form of gun control is that people will kill people with other “tools” if guns are not around. They’ll say that guns are just “tools” and that it’s the “bad” person holding the gun who has a say in whether or not someone will get killed with a gun.…

Baltimore’s Cycle of Violence Continues Apace

In the first 30 days of January, there have been 32 homicides in Baltimore City. It’s not appropriate to compare these first 30 days to last year’s first 30 days, however, because homicide (like other crime) is not directly related to the time of the year. Or, rather, the time of the year has some influence, but that influence is…

Story of a thesis (Part IV)

In the first part of this series, I told you about Baltimore and the challenges facing the Charmed City. The second part was all about the available data, and what those data told us, which is a lot. In the third part, I told you the story of some kids and how their social network was peppered with victims of…

Story of a thesis (Part III)

As I told you last time, there are several social network — that could come to be one big social network — in Baltimore where crime is not a rarity and where deaths from homicides are common. I don’t know about you, but I can count on one hand how many friends and acquaintances I’ve lost to gun violence. Some…

The Charmed City on edge

I’m sitting at the school of public health about a mile from the court house where the trial of Officer William Porter is taking place. Officer Porter is one of six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray’s death back in April set off a series events that culminated in a riot on April 27th. (Though…

Where to intervene?

I sat down over the weekend and worked out a conceptual/theoretical framework for my thesis, and it has really turned my head to mush.   When you see most of the things that raise the risk of a person being the victim of homicide in Baltimore, you kind of get overwhelmed. From institutional racism to bad police practices at the…

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The murder/homicide situation in Baltimore is an emergency

For the following graph, I took the population estimates from the US Census Bureau for the decades in question (1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010). I took the number of murders for each year from 1985 to 2012 from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Uniform Crime Reporting database. (One big caveat is that the data collection methods changed significantly in 2000,…

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“Today’s perpetrator is tomorrow’s victim.”

There are many instances in which you reasonably cannot blame the victim of a crime for the actions committed against them. You cannot say that a woman wearing a short skirt somehow enticed a man to rape her. Likewise, you can’t say that someone wearing a nice watch was asking to be robbed. This is because the rapist and the robber have a choice in the matter. Yet there are some theories of victimization that place at least some of the blame on the victim, or the victim’s actions, or the victim’s choice of environment. So are today’s perpetrators just asking to be tomorrow’s victims?