Weapon effects and individual intent to do harm: Influences on the escalation of violence

William Wells, Julie Horney

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Abstract

In order to assess the roles of weapons and offender intentions in the outcomes of potentially violent events, we analyze more than 2,000 incidents described by offenders. We advance the study of weapons effects through a within-person analysis that lets us control for all time-stable characteristics of the offenders. Thus, we address the concern that relationships between type of weapon and incident outcome may be spurious because individuals with a greater propensity to do harm are more likely to use guns. Findings indicate that weapons have independent effects that differ across the stages of an event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-296
Number of pages32
JournalCriminology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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