The United States Forensic Technologies market is projected to reach US$21.2 billion by 2018, driven by rising crime rates and increasing sophistication of forensic investigations.
With over 250 million citizens legally owning guns, and with the per capita ownership of guns rising to a high of 6.5, gun violence and homicides continue to rise in the United States. The 'Gun Culture" continues to remain an issue of political debate and social concern in the country. The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre represent the two most deadliest mass-murders witnessed in civilized society.
The lack of adequate gun control legislation is a key factor aggravating the threat of gun violence in the country. Other factors include deterioration in parenting and family values, poor diagnosis & treatment of mental illnesses, inadequate mental healthcare system, easy accessibility to guns, economic factors, and rise in cocaine use and drug trafficking. The scenario is triggering perennial demand for forensic ballistic intelligence including toolmark analysis.
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