Hidden Camera Experiment: Young Kids Drawn to Guns | ABC World News | ABC News

Hidden Camera Experiment: Young Kids Drawn to Guns | ABC World News | ABC News

Parents are shocked to see how their kids react to finding a gun in an unattended classroom.
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Anthony Galella knows that guns kill and accidents happen. If he ever came across a gun, he said, he would “call the cops and tell them.”

But when Galella, 15, stumbled across a gun at a YMCA in Yonkers, N.Y., last year — disabled and placed there, unbeknownst to him, by ABCNEWS as part of a hidden-camera experiment — he found that sounding the alarm and calling for an adult did not come so easy.

“Something in my head was just telling me to touch it and play with it,” he explained.

Galella picked up the gun, then put it back — not once or twice, but nine times. Instead of calling someone, he ended up stashing the weapon out of sight, to help him resist picking it up again.

An Irresistible Urge

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Kids seem to be growing up faster than ever, and these stories highlight the youngest age group acting like adults “too young, too soon” (TYTS). Kids are exposed to many more influences and bad behaviors through television, film, and access to the internet. Are celebrities bad role models for young impressionable children? Between stories of teenage gunmen who are not old enough to carry their weapons, toddlers in tiaras, crazy dance moms, and kids getting plastic surgery as birthday presents, it’s easy to see that maybe growing up too fast can hurt rather than help kids.

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