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crim·i·nol·o·gy

(krim-i-nol'ō-jē),
The branch of science concerned with the physical and mental characteristics and behavior of criminals.
[L. crimen, crime, + G. logos, study]
(1) The study of criminal behavior (forensic psychiatry)
(2) The study of the nature, causes, and means of handling criminal acts, viewed from the perspective of the police

criminology,

the study of crime, the people who commit crimes, and penal codes used to deter crime and punish criminals.
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In this view, the advent of mass incarceration, essentially a rejection of any criminologically sound approach to the penal question, would seem to operate retrospectively as a sort of "great equalizer" between liberal and radical criminological traditions.
By deceptively discussing these two articles as if they were one, Bogus allows him to dismiss Levinson's scholarly assessment of the Amendment as really just a political ploy, while avoiding mention of a very embarrassing fact: That a liberal Democratic scholar who has no liking for guns has nevertheless concluded that banning guns is no more criminologically useful than it is constitutionally viable.
Melting-point laws, however, merely bar those of lesser economic means from having a way to protect themselves against the criminals that prey on them, and such an outcome is neither fair, nor is it criminologically sound.