Federal study shows that boys who own guns are more law-abiding than boys that don't.


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jlbraun
January 23, 2008, 04:49 PM
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Here is the complete report from the USDOJ.

http://rkba.org/research/ojjdp/urdel.pdf

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Gun ownership and delinquency

Adolescent ownership and use of firearms is a growing concern, and results from the Rochester study suggest the concern is well founded. By the ninth and tenth grades, more boys own illegal guns (7 percent) than own legal guns (3 percent). Of the boys who own illegal guns, about half of the whites and African-Americans and nearly 90 percent of the Hispanics carry them on a regular basis. Figure 13 shows a very strong relationship between owning illegal guns and delinquency and drug use. Seventy-four percent of the illegal gunowners commit street crimes, 24 percent commit gun crimes, and 41 percent use drugs. Boys who own legal firearms, however, have much lower rates of delinquency and drug use and are even slightly less delinquent than nonowners of guns. The socialization into gun ownership is also vastly different for legal and illegal gunowners. Those who own legal guns have fathers who own guns for sport and hunting. On the other hand, those who own illegal guns have friends who own illegal guns and are far more likely to be gang members. For legal gunowners, socialization appears to take place in the family; for illegal gunowners, it appears to take place “on the street.”

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Sage of Seattle
January 23, 2008, 04:51 PM
Sweet. Good info, thanks jlbraun!

ArmedBear
January 23, 2008, 04:53 PM
The socialization into gun ownership is also vastly different for legal and illegal gunowners.

Yup.

Cougfan2
January 23, 2008, 04:56 PM
It's an old saying, but true. If you take your boy hunting, your won't have to go hunting your boy.

catfish101
January 23, 2008, 04:56 PM
That shouldn't be a suprise. To own them legally you can't have been involved in crime so they are law abiding citizens.

Atticus
January 23, 2008, 05:06 PM
The most important part being..
Those who own legal guns have fathers who own guns for sport and hunting.

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