In this paper I will explain how there are several significant determinants of per-capita murder rates across more than sixty countries. With an extension of the social disorganization theory it will be argued that guns do significantly aid in the killing of humans. After disclosing the variables that have proven to be significant using ordinary least squares regression analysis, I’ll attempt to explain the reasoning behind their significance. Ultimately, the best model will be constructed to explain the amount of murders in a given country. In my extended research for this symposium I’ve studied the impact of the presence of drugs or production of drugs in a given country on the amount of per-capita murders in that country.
Aaron Reykdal, ’06 Eagan, MN
Majors: Politics, Economics and Business
Sponsor: Todd Knoop