Guns, violence tipping more kids toward guns
The Kansas City Star
Instead of mass shootings in places throughout the U.S. scaring kids away from guns, they are causing more young people to want to be gun owners for “protection.”
A recent survey of 4,200 college and high school students found that nearly 60 percent plan to own a gun when they have their own homes, or are thinking about it. The outcome surprised study author Jennifer L. Lawless of American University, The Kansas City Star reports.
But it should not come as a shock when organizations like the National Rifle Association have great influence over local, state and national lawmakers. Why not young people, too?
That’s something President Barack Obama will have to grapple with as he seeks public buy-in on his gun control measures and tries to push new proposals through Congress.
Currently about half to 35 percent of Americans say they have a gun in their homes, surveys show. They say it’s for protection.
Yet, in many cases, guns in homes are either stolen in break-ins or cause injury and death because of accidents or misuse.