SPRINGFIELD, Mo – We continue our Courageous Conversation tonight with a look past the gun control debate to focus on kids, parents, and mental health. Our political analyst Dr. Brian Calfano has more.

The National Rifle Association (or NRA) rejects just about every policy aimed at restricting gun ownership for law-abiding citizens. To address the nation’s struggle with gun violence, the group advocates for more responsible parenting and mental health treatment. So, would these alternatives reduce gun violence in America? We take a look.

The NRA and its supporters often say that people kill people, not guns. But unraveling the personal causes behind gun violence, especially among youth, is almost impossible.

There isn’t just one explanation for why a teen or young adult inflicts harm on others. There are many.

The scientific research on the subject is complex, but a recent report shows that positives in a child’s life, including good peer and adult relationships and support from adults, helps reduce the chances of teens turning to violence.

It all seems to come down to cues or signals.

Dr. Kristen Thompson of Burrell behavioral health says it’s the cue…

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