TITLE

Kids, guns, and killing fields

AUTHOR(S)
Wright, James D.; Sheley, Joseph F.; Smith, M. Dwayne
PUB. DATE
November 1992
SOURCE
Society;Nov/Dec92, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p84
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the results of research on firearms and firearms behaviors among youth. Eighty-six percent of incarcerated juveniles owned at least one firearm at some time in their lives; 83 percent owned a gun at the time they were incarcerated. Of those who had ever owned a gun, two-thirds acquired their first firearm by the age of fourteen. A large majority had owned three or more types of guns; nearly two-thirds owned at least three firearms just before being jailed. In short, the tendency is for these young inmates to have owned guns in both quantity and variety. Among the incarcerated youth, the revolver was the most commonly owned weapon. Next in popularity was the automatic or semiautomatic pistol. For more serious work, the shotgun was the weapon of choice.
ACCESSION #
9302141708

 

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