So while you may be able to keep your
son from owning one (a gun), if you try to talk him out of wanting
one, you are up against a pretty strong argument. "You mean I shouldn't
want a device that grants me power and identity, makes me feel dangerous
and safe at the same time, instantly makes me the dominant male,
and connects me to my evolutionary essence? Come on, Mom, get real!"
In 93% of sexual assault
victimizations the NIBRS date provided information on the most serious
weapon used in the incident. In 77% of sexual assaults where the
weapon information was available, the only weapon involved was what
the FBI labeled a personal weapon such as hands, feet, or fists.
A firearm was used or bandished in just 2% of sexual assault victimizations.
Other non-personal weapons such as a knife or club, were used or
bandished in another 6% of sexual assaults In 14% of victimizations
the records indicate that no weapon was involved.
• Eighty-four percent of elementary school-age inner-city boys had heard guns being shot, 87% had seen someone arrested, and 25% had seen someone get killed.
The use of a weapon other than
a personal weapon increased with the age of the victim
About 14% of child victimizers
carried a weapon during the violent crime, compared to nearly 1/2 of
those who victimized adults.
Weapons: 1997 CDC survey, reveal
that 28% of adolescent boys carried a weapon-gun, a knife, or a club-in
the previous month, with 13% carrying a weapon to school in the previous
month. They do so primarily because they feel threatened and can't
count on adults to protect them.
With at least one gun in nearly
half the households in the country, with two-thirds of our teenagers
reporting they could get a gun in an hour, with virtually every kid
exposed to vivid movie and television scenarios legitimizing violence,
we live in dangerous times.
• 46% of males, and 26% of females
reported they had been in physical fights. (Bureau
of Justice, 2001)
• 86% said, "other kids picking
on them, making fun of them or bullying them" causes teenagers
to turn to lethal violence in the schools. (Bureau
of Justice, 2001)
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State Laws to Protect Children-The National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children, May 1993 Third Addition Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting
and Fatalities: The Results of the 1997 Annual Fifty State Survey.
Childhood Trama, the Neurobiology of Adaptation,
and Use-dependent Development of the Brain: How States Become Traits.