Heidi Gralla

Fall 2016: Teens and Guns

They're looking out for their own safety now. 

A few years ago, at a workshop at my suburban East Coast temple, parents were asked to list some of the ways in which they were keeping their older children safe. Many spoke about the need to keep drugs and alcohol out of reach. But one mother had a very different item on her list: She said her son was not allowed to visit a home with guns. The comment did not get much response. Perhaps because in our community vegans are far more common than hunters, most of us did not seem particularly worried about guns.

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