Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Campaign against Possession of Weapons among Youngsters

On Monday morning the Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin, together with a group of youngsters, started the campaign ‘I do not carry a weapon’ at a discotheque in Bunnik, with the purpose of reducing possession of weapons among youngsters. The youth say that carrying a gun makes them feel more secure. But the Ministry of Justice says that a weapon offers false safety. Research shows that youngsters are most likely to fall victim to the possession of weapons at school or when they go out at night. A poll among high school pupils showed that more than 10 percent of the pupils have seen fellow pupils in their class sometimes carrying a weapon. About 5% of the pupils say that they sometimes take weapons to school. About 20% sometimes take a weapon when they go out at night.

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