Going Ballistic: dealing with guns, gangs and knives

Jul 1, 2008

By Jonathan McClory, Dr Bob Golding; Edited by Gavin Lockhart

Murders involving knives and firearms never fail to grab the headlines, yet they are relatively rare. Gun crime represents only 0.4% of all recorded crime in England and Wales. The public are often sceptical, however, when they read figures such as this – and they have reason to be so.

Going Ballistic’s findings support four primary arguments: that official crime figures do not reflect the experiences of many communities in England and Wales; that information and intelligence sharing between agencies is lacking; that early intervention and prevention work needs to be targeted and expanded and that the relevant legislation governing gun and knife crime is a mess.

Author

Jonathan McClory

Research Fellow, 2006-2009 Read Full Bio

Gavin Lockhart

Head of Crime and Justice Unit, 2006-2009 Read Full Bio

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