60% of young Americans plan on buying a firearm

Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns.

Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola Marymount professor Richard L. Fox which focused on the political opinions of young Americans. The study was conducted prior the recent Newtown massacre, but after the Aurora theatre shooting.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • banjo kid

    Most young men want to own a pistol and be in the in crowd with out knowing why they want one . It is a shame they do not know why because it sure would boost the American way and that is don’t tread on me . So the liberal progressives can’t step on them and hold a boot to their neck . The reason Japan did not use a land war was because they knew we all had guns and knew how to use them we could hit our target . A gun behind every tree was said I think ,. I may not live to see the Obozo in chief be ousted in 2016 but I sure would like to see him leave office . I don’t like him and he is only one in the world I don’t like .

  • Bman

    I wonder if all those children that Bronco Bama surrounded himself with will take part and excercise their right to own a firearm someday. How do you change the world? You surround yourself with children.