Juveniles Most Likely to Commit Gun Crimes

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JUVENILE DELINQUENTS MOST LIKELY TO COMMIT GUN CRIMES

BY: Amanda Harrison
CLASS: CJ3375DL
DATE: 01/29/2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.GOAL STATEMENT, VARIABLES, QUESTIONSP. 3
II.HYPOTHESES/THEORIESP. 4
III.SAMPLING PROCEDUREP. 6
IV.COVER LETTERP. 8
V.QUESTIONNAIREP. 9
VI.LITERATURE REVIEWP. 10
VII. DATA ANALYSISP. 13
VIII.RESEARCH FINDINGS/CONCLUSIONP. 20
IX.PROBLEMS ENCOUNTEREDP. 22
X.REFERENCESP. 23

I.INTRODUCTION
GOAL STATEMENT: To find out which juvenile delinquents commit gun crimes more often in the State of Florida.
INDEPENDENT VARIABLES:
Gender
Race
Age
Educational Level
Gang Involvement
Prior History of Gun Crime Convictions
Prior History of Physical Abuse
RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1.What gender is more often arrested for juvenile gun crimes?
2.What race is more often arrested for juvenile gun crimes?
3.What is the age of the majority of juvenile delinquents arrested for gun crimes?
4.Are most juveniles arrested for gun crimes still attending school?
5.Are most juveniles arrested for gun crimes involved in gangs?
6.Does prior history of gun crime convictions have anything to do with more arrests?
7.Does prior history of parental physical abuse have anything to do with gun crime arrests?

II.HYPOTHESES/THEORIES
H1.MALE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ARE ARRESTED MORE OFTEN FOR GUN CRIMES THAN FEMALE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. T1.The theory surrounding this hypothesis is because male juvenile delinquents are possibly more interested in and more knowledgeable about firearms due to increased interests in hunting, violent video games, violent movies, and other gun-related activities or subjects, then male juvenile delinquents would be more likely to commit gun crimes. H2.CAUCASIAN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ARE ARRESTED MORE OFTEN FOR GUN CRIMES THAN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS BELONGING TO MINORITY GROUPS. T2. The possible theory surrounding this hypothesis is because, based on national statistical data, there are more Caucasian juveniles per capita than any other race and therefore, based on the law of averages and due to high gun-ownership rates by white Americans, Caucasian juvenile delinquents would be more likely to commit gun crimes. H3.OLDER JUVENILE DELINQUENTS (15-17) ARE ARRESTED MORE OFTEN FOR GUN CRIMES THAN YOUNGER JUVENILE DELINQUENTS (12-14). T3.The theory surrounding this hypothesis is because parents, guardians, and other adults in the juveniles’ lives are not as careful about locking up or keeping their firearms out of reach from older adolescents because older juveniles are more likely to understand the severity and inherent danger of firearms than younger juveniles; this would give older juveniles easier access to firearms. H4.JUVENILE DELINQUENTS THAT HAVE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL ARE ARRESTED MORE OFTEN FOR GUN CRIMES THAN JUVENILES DELINQUENTS THAT ARE STILL IN SCHOOL. T4. The theory surrounding this hypothesis is based on the assumption that juvenile delinquents that are not in school have more time to devote to obtaining a firearm and also have easier access to firearms due to the fact that the adult gun owners are at work or otherwise away from home during the day. H5.JUVENILE DELINQUENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN GANGS ARE ARRESTED MORE FOR GUN CRIMES THAN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS THAT ARE NOT INVOLVED IN GANGS. T5.The theory surrounding this hypothesis is because juvenile delinquents involved in gangs have a greater incentive to commit gun crimes (i.e. retaliation from other gang members, protection of one’s reputation on the street, gang initiation, etc.) than juvenile delinquents that are not involved in gang-related activities. H6.JUVENILE DELIQUENTS WITH A PRIOR HISTORY OF GUN CRIME CONVICTIONS ARE ARRESTED MORE THAN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS WITHOUT ANY PRIOR HISTORY OF GUN CRIME CONVICTIONS. T6.The theory surrounding this hypothesis is...
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