Few Options but the Gun: Angry Young Men (2006)

31 May 2006
This paper reviews the principal theories on why young men are more likely to turn to armed violence than other demographic groups. It argues that small arms can be an important part of this complex social equation and examines how the functional and symbolic attributes of small arms make them attractive for young men wishing to achieve power through association with or participation in violence. The final section reviews opportunities to address the problem by controlling young men’s access to small arms and countering their espousal of a violent masculine ideology.
Small Arms Survey

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