'Young Guns: How Gun Violence Is Devastating the Millennial Generation'

'Young Guns: How Gun Violence Is Devastating the Millennial Generation'

With individuals under the age of 25 comprising a disproportionate share of both victims and perpetrators of gun violence in the United States, millennials increasingly worry about the presence of guns in their communities, a report from the finds. The report, (16 pages, PDF), found that while those under the age of 25 accounted for only 3 percent of all deaths in the United States in 2010, they accounted for 21 percent of those killed by guns. And even as the percentage of Americans under the age of 30 who owned guns fell from 47 percent in the 1970s to 23 percent in 2012, a 2013 survey found that 70 percent of this age group agreed that "the gun culture in our society has gotten out of control," while 52 percent felt safer in communities with fewer guns. Indeed, 92 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 said they supported mandatory background checks for all gun sales — an even greater majority than the 86 percent of those over the age of 30.

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