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11.11.2022 | Original Article

Seeking the Peace: Anti-Gun Violence Cadres, Concepts, and Connections in Pittsburgh

verfasst von: R. Drew Smith, John C. Welch

Erschienen in: Society

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Abstract

In 2015, Pittsburgh had the 21st highest murder rate in the USA at 18.6 murders per 100,000 population. By 2022, its murder rate had declined to 12.32 per 100,000, ranking it number 58 among American cities with greater than 100,000 residents. The article’s principal concern is with identifying factors that may have contributed to mitigations of gun violence in metro-Pittsburgh, and especially with how local anti-violence mobilizations within and between key sectors may have contributed to these violence reductions. Activist cadres of youth, social service organizations, governmental decision-makers, foundation leaders, and faith leaders are examined, with attention to how their respective sectors may have been pushed beyond established scopes of concern to take up the fight against gun violence. Drawing upon original interview data from 30 local leaders and from published formal statements and policy issuances from relevant institutional sectors, the article investigates Pittsburgh gun violence and responses, emphasizing the importance of strategically positioned leaders who possessed commitments and capabilities to leverage Pittsburgh’s ample institutional resources on behalf of anti-gun violence objectives.
Fußnoten
1
These data refer only to shooting deaths and do not include persons killed by other means by police nor persons who survived being shot by police. See VerBruggen.
 
2
In Pennsylvania’s May 2022 primary elections, Lee won the Democratic race for the US 12th Congressional district, making her a favorite to win the election for that US Congressional seat during the November elections.
 
3
For statistics on Pittsburgh religious demographics, see for example Pew Research Center 2022 and Best Places 2022.
 
4
For data, see Religious Landscapes Study, op cit. Catholic membership number is from Zubik interview, op cit.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Seeking the Peace: Anti-Gun Violence Cadres, Concepts, and Connections in Pittsburgh
verfasst von
R. Drew Smith
John C. Welch
Publikationsdatum
11.11.2022
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Society
Print ISSN: 0147-2011
Elektronische ISSN: 1936-4725
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-022-00783-z