In Brief: Jun. 25, 2001

GUNPLAY A couple of boys find a gun. What do they do next? According to a study in Pediatrics, 75% will pick it up, and nearly half will pull the trigger. Sixty-four boys, ages eight to 12, took part in the experiment, in which an unloaded .380-cal. handgun was hidden in a drawer in a medical examining room. Left alone in the room, the boys explored. Half of those who handled the gun were correct in thinking it was real.

DADDY TRAP Fathers who don't live with their biological children are often labeled shirkers. The reality is that many are...

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