Professor Jooyoung Lee on Zip Guns

Sociology Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured in an article by CBC News reporting on the use of a “zip gun” by a Saskatoon man during a confrontation with police. According to Professor Lee although zip guns are relatively uncommon, they are appealing because they are easily made and untraceable by the government’s gun control regulations. Professor Lee teaches sociology at the U of T St. George campus, his research interests include the effect of gun violence on young Black men and communities.

We have posted an excerpt of the article below.

Homemade guns built for less than $20 are ‘up close and personal’ weapons present in Saskatchewan

‘Everyone is accurate at 1 foot away’: Zip guns are rare but dangerous

By Alec Salloum, CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2017

Jooyoung Lee, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, says there is no one size fits all description of a zip gun user.

Lee focuses on gun violence and the effect it has on young men; specifically young black men in south central Los Angeles.

The attraction of the zip gun is that it is more challenging to trace by authorities.

“People who are making homemade zip guns tend to be people who want to stay out of the crosshairs of the government and who want to circumvent the gun control laws that are already on the books,” said Lee.

The information to actually build a zip gun is everywhere online, said Lee. Videos, articles even a wikiHow are easily found by a simple Google search.

Read the full article here.