Gun Violence in America: Terrorists, Criminals, and the Mentally Deranged
Another reason children and adolescents may be at a higher risk of gun violence is the image created by television shows, movies, and video games (Palfrey). This is usually more frequent in a school aged child or young adolescent than someone in high school. “Because of their developmental age, school-age children don’t necessarily understand that people who are really shot may really die. (Palfrey, 401)” While there are obviously some adolescents who do understand this fact, as stated above, they may like the power associated with it. This may have to do with the idea of wanting to be like their favorite television star or movie star. They may not actually want all of the power associated with such a weapon, or what consequences really come along with this.
Gun violence is also fairly prevalent in cases of where alcohol and drugs may be involved, as it will impair their judgment (Palfrey, 401). When one’s judgment is impaired, they tend to make decisions they may regret later. If an adolescent is in a state of depression or under