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British Girls Warned To Stop Carrying Their Boyfriends’ Guns. Um, What?

Just in case you thought the world wasn’t scary enough, apparently British teen girls spurred an ad campaign warning them not to carry or hide their boyfriends’ guns. The ads are aimed at girls of African and African-Caribbean heritage, who apparently have been stashing their dudes’ guns, getting arrested for weapon possession and convicted of the crimes committed with the weapons. There have been seven cases like this in the past year, which doesn’t sound like a lot—except that Britain is a tiny country, and one with probably the strictest gun legislation in the world. You can’t own a gun there without “good reason,” and that doesn’t include self defense. A police chairman who works on gang shootings says, “Sadly, young women have always been involved in carrying and storing firearms. We are deeply concerned, however, that this involvement seems to be increasing and those who are involved seem to be younger and younger. Vulnerable young women are sometimes pressurized into storing or transporting the weapons by men they know, or sometimes willingly do so.” When you’re 15-years-old, you should be worrying about your calculus homework and that emo boy you have a crush on, not where to hide your boyfriend’s glock! What has the world come to when it’s necessary to say, “Hey girls, I know you’re super tempted, but don’t carry your boyfriends gun for him?” [Reuters]

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