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
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.

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