Awesome, a "study" that cites no numbers, statistics, sample sizes, or indeed any actual data at all. Even though the actual "study" hasn't been published, obviously it is a good idea to post a report on the study that clearly shows a particular point of view.
What about the idea that if one is holding a gun in one's hand, one is most likely in an area where such an action would be warranted? Thus it stands to reason that a person rapidly approaching in a hostile manner would indeed be holding a gun, not a juicebox. It is a fair assumption that our troops being sent to Iran are trained to identify possible bulges on a person's body as explosives, firearms, or other weapons, not teddy bears. Seeing a shiny object in a battle zone, my immediate thought would be "weapon" not "bling necklace."
In response to those who replied to me...I was using analogy to make a point. This is a loaded study. It is trying to show that guns are bad, and that they promote negative values and lead to negative consequences. As a responsible gun owner I take umbridge to the idea that whenever I have a gun in my hand I will "see" guns in the hands of others.
I put it to you that if I have a gun in my hand, I have reason to have it there. Things are not as black and white as this study makes them out to be. Before I consider taking up arms, I will have a legitimate reason to do so. As such, when I have the gun in my hand I *may* default to the idea that others have guns. This is a huuuuuuuuge stretch, but I am trying.
Calling me "ignorant as fuck" is probably not the most intelligent move. In regard to telling me to read the journal article...You did not even read the entirety of the OP. The journal article is not released yet. I did do additional research, and this article is being tied in with the Trayvon Martin case, to present a negative front against guns.
The way in which this article is presented is most certainly biased, and to disagree with that would be "ignorant as fuck."
FYI, there is a more complete version of the article found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/trayvon-martin-case-study_n_1368524.html a place clearly known for presenting a fair and non-biased view (sarcasm btw).
I thought this article was interesting. . Thank you, Mike-O