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Millennial Gun Owners Cite Sport, Not Protection, as Leading Motivation

So, will future generations be less into guns?

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    Born out of tragedy, a new initiative is offering gun owners in Bucks County the opportunity to keep their weapons locked tight. Ben's Campaign: Lock It Up was started in the memory of Benjamin Smith. The 2-year-old shot and killed himself after finding a loaded, unlocked gun at home. His father, Nicholas Wyllie, was charged in the shooting and now is a gun safety advocate. The gun locks are being offered for free by the Bucks County Sheriff's Office.

    (Published Monday, June 19, 2017)

    A new survey by Pew Research Center found that most adults aged 18 to 29 cite sport shooting, not protection, as their principle reason for owning a gun.

    “Older people are saying they want guns for protection, but 18- to 29-year-olds are saying they’re more into going shooting at a gun range,” Kim Parker, director of social trends research at Pew Research Center, told NBC News.

    So, will future generations be less into guns?

    It’s not yet possible to say, but judging from the marketing tactics by gun lobbyist groups like the National Rifle Association to appeal to kids, it sure doesn’t seem likely.