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Responding to Gun Crime in Ireland

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 50 Issue: 3 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 414-434
Liz Campbell
Date Published
May 2010
21 pages
This paper examines the government's response to increased gun crime in Ireland.
From stereotypical views of Ireland as a peaceful and 'low crime' society, the media and policymakers now report the worsening of gun crime, in particular crimes of homicide committed by firearm. Despite this sometimes hyperbolic popular commentary, serious and fatal gun crime has indeed increased. In reacting through extraordinary legal measures, the Irish state adopts an unduly narrow perspective, predicated on a rational actor model; what this paper seeks to do is put forward two more profitable and persuasive means of analysis, by focusing on social deprivation and the expression of masculinity. Tables and references (Published Abstract)