Poll reveals majority of young people considering gun ownership

January 16th, 2013 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences
Poll reveals majority of young people considering gun ownership

Despite experiencing a post-Columbine world, 60 percent of high school and college students are considering owning a gun in the future, according to a national poll.

One-third of young people reported growing up with a in the household and 36 percent reported being "very worried" about . However, nearly 40 percent of participants planned to own a gun when they have their own household, and an additional 20 percent were contemplating it.

"I think the major contribution of the is to demonstrate that now is certainly the time to have a serious conversation about gun control since the next generation is no less likely to plan to own guns," said AU professor Jennifer L. Lawless.

Lawless, director of AU's Women and Politics Institute, and Loyola Marymount University professor Richard L. Fox conducted the poll of 4,000 high school and college students.

The findings come at a time of high-level discussions surrounding new gun legislation by a House Democratic task force led by Vice President .

In the wake of the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., President pledged to push Congress on legislation to prevent more .

Key findings from the poll of high school and college students:

The results are based on a national sample of 2,100 college students (ages 18 through 25) and 2,166 (ages 13 through 17). The poll, conducted by American University / Gfk Custom Research LLC, was in the field from September 27—October 16, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

Provided by American University

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