44% of Teens Could Get a Gun Survey also shows 33% know someone who has been shot By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Apr 19, 2012 11:46 AM CDT 23 comments Comments Plaxico Burress does not recommend carrying a gun this way. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Teenagers today are perilously familiar with guns. In a new survey from Teenage Research Unlimited, 44% said they could get a handgun if they wanted to, WBEZ reports. About a third of respondents also said that they personally knew someone who'd been shot, and 37% say they actively fear being shot themselves. About half of the 600 kids surveyed think the US would be safer without any handguns, compared to about 25% who said adults should be able to carry loaded guns in public.