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Totem Soup News - ABC News gets disturbing results with 'If Only I Had a Gun'

Original Article By: Richard Huff
Thursday, April 9th 2009, 12:38 AM

Despite the rash of high-profile shootings in recent years, a group of youths, given the opportunity to play with a gun, did it.

That's one finding in a year-long investigation by ABC News' David Muir and Diane Sawyer in a special report, "If Only I Had a Gun," airing Friday at 10 p.m.

For the piece, Muir set up a test in which college-age youths were invited to help pack up the contents of a garage for extra cash.

"They come across a couple of guns and we're rolling," Muir told the Daily News.

It recalled a test Sawyer did a decade ago when she interviewed families who owned guns and asked the kids if they knew where the firearms were.

In the new test, the question was whether the students would "find the homeowner, the adults, or will they show the same thing, the fascination, this allure with guns," Muir said.

Two years after a massacre at Virginia Tech and numerous other school shootings, the kids went for the guns. In fact, only three of 25 kids tested actually alerted adults.

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