Delaware News Journal

Search for Solutions to Violence is Ongoing

by Esteban Parra, Adam Wagner, and Xerxes Wilson
February 7, 2015

Delaware’s largest city is hurting.

Thirty-eight days into the new year, 20 people have been shot, seven of them fatally. Businesses have begun to publicly rumble about moving out if the crime problem isn’t solved. …

… The presence of firearms is a key factor leading to violent crimes, said Butts, the John Jay researcher. While anger is a typical reaction to a slight or an insult, it rarely reaches a tipping point across society.

“It’s just when you have that normal human behavior and you throw in the possession of handguns that it becomes a problem,” Butts said.

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