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Study: 50% of 'depressed' students plan to own a gun

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - As the country grapples with gun control, an interesting survey has emerged that reveals the attitudes of young people about gun ownership.

A nationwide American University poll of 4,000 high school and college students found that more young people plan on owning a gun than had them in their childhood homes. Andrea McCarren reports some of the poll's findings:

Despite growing up in an era devastated by mass shootings, nearly 40 percent of students surveyed said they plan to own a gun when they have their own households. And another 20 percent said they're considering it. Among the other findings:

Fifty percent of students who described themselves as "depressed, stressed out or have difficulty making friends" plan to have a gun in their future households.

Those who play video games more than four hours a day are 50% more likely to own a gun than those who don't. The results were similar, but less pronounced, among college students.

There's even a gap between political parties. Democrats are nearly twice as likely as Republicans to fear gun violence: 45% compared to 25%. Democrats are also less likely to own a gun.

The survey was conducted last September and October, months before the Newtown massacre that has been widely described as a tipping point in the debate over guns.

The survey also revealed a gender gap among young people. Girls and young women are more likely than their male counterparts to fear gun violence and less likely to own a gun in the future.

WUSA

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