While Barack Obama, St. Louis Mayor Slay, and Claire McCaskill continue their push to punish legal gun owners, a new study released by the University of Missouri-St. Louis found that half of the gun crimes in St. Louis are committed by gang members.
Members of the 58 Pershing Bloodz gang in St. Louis
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A University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist says half of the gun crimes committed in St. Louis are gang-related.
Associate professor of criminology Beth Huebner told KMOX Radio that there are about 2,000 gang members in the St. Louis police gang database. She says that number understates the problem because it does not include juveniles, and the average gang member is 13 to 16 years old.
Huebner says that gang members often share guns. The willingness to use them in crimes is heightened by peer pressure and the immaturity of teenage gang members who are carrying the weapons.
Hat Tip Jimi
Surely these young gangstas are using legally purchased firearms, right?