from the Editors

In a recent poll of ninety-six junior-high and high-school students, 15 percent of them said that they had carried a handgun in the last thirty days. One student who carries a gun regularly said that he "looks for affirmation of his own violent impulses in such movies as South-Central and Boyz' N the Hood," two movies meant to discourage gang violence, although this student has certainly missed their point (Time magazine, August 2, 1993).

When students feel motivated by either their peers or by other social pressures to buy guns, use drugs, be sexually active without the commitment of marriage, then they need support and help. Yet young people—and adults—not only need support and encouragement to conquer destructive peer pressures, they need the kind of help and healing that only prayer can provide.

Peer pressure?
October 25, 1993

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