These D.C. students spoke with an expert in gun laws about their experiences with gun threats.
The group Guns Down is holding workshops across the U.S. for kids who want to learn more about gun laws and share their perspectives.
“What’s happening is the traditional customer base for guns, which are generally older white man, are slowly getting older, and dying,” explained gun reform advocate Igor Volsky to the students. “And the NRA continues to look for new markets. And one of those new markets are children. They’re designing assault weapons with plastic instead of metal or wood in order to make those guns lighter. They’re also designing AR-15 weapons, which are the kinds of weapons that are most often used in school shootings, in fun colors like pink, and purple, and orange.”
The NRA has made its intentions to target younger audiences very clear, stating recently, “A tiny gun intended for the very youngest shooters…we’re targeting the 6-to-12-year-old range,” in reference to a firearm on the market.
Volsky also explained how gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, with African American men being 14 times more likely than whites to be homicide victims and women being 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun.