A national survey of 1,000 American adults shows 23 percent say they or someone in their immediate family has bought a gun in the past year, while 70 percent have not and 6 percent aren’t sure.
Sixty-six percent believe self-defense is the main reason most people purchase a gun, while 5 percent think they make such a purchase to commit a criminal act, 1 percent say it’s for job purposes and 22 percent say most people buy a gun for some other reason.
Forty-four percent think it is too easy to buy a gun in this country, while only 11 percent say it’s too hard and 36 percent consider the level of difficulty about right.
A closer look finds that 64 percent of Democrats believe it is too easy to buy a gun in the United States, but only 28 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of those not affiliated with either major political party agree.
Twenty-one percent of Democrats say they or someone in their immediate family has bought a gun in the past year, compared to 29 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of unaffiliateds.