Associated Press — ‘Devastating’: Mass Shootings Obscure Daily U.S. Gun Toll

The pandemic and the social unrest it caused has also played a role. Eight million Americans became first-time gun owners between 2019 and 2021, said Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York. Continue reading Associated Press — ‘Devastating’: Mass Shootings Obscure Daily U.S. Gun Toll

MSN — La Masacre de la Escuela de Texas fue el Tiroteo Número 203 de EEUU en Todo 2022

“Es una mezcla de racismo, resentimiento de clase, miedo al cambio, inexistente control de armas y políticos que quieren inflamar y explotar todo esto para mantenerse en el poder”, explicó Jeffrey Butts, profesor del centro John Jay de Justicia Criminal de la Universidad de Nueva York. Continue reading MSN — La Masacre de la Escuela de Texas fue el Tiroteo Número 203 de EEUU en Todo 2022

Washington Post — Officials Worry the Rise in Violent Crime Portends a Bloody Summer: ‘It’s Trauma on Top of Trauma’

Some experts have detected some promising signs in recent crime data. In New York City, more than 500 people have been shot this year — the highest number in a decade and up more than 50 percent over the same period in 2020. But Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said that percentage was better than the 158 percent increase in shootings reported last fall in the city, suggesting that the surge in violence, while still up, may be declining. Continue reading Washington Post — Officials Worry the Rise in Violent Crime Portends a Bloody Summer: ‘It’s Trauma on Top of Trauma’

Nashville Tennessean—Violent Crime on the Rise as Nashville Grows, but East Nashville Bucks the Trend

Another explanation could be an affordable housing crisis exacerbated by Nashville’s booming economy, said Jeffrey Butts, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This can be particularly true for some neighborhoods. “The social stresses of shared housing and multifamily housing increase the chances that adolescents become frustrated and alienated,” Butts said, creating an environment conducive to more crime. Continue reading Nashville Tennessean—Violent Crime on the Rise as Nashville Grows, but East Nashville Bucks the Trend