New Study Says Americans Buy Guns Primarily for Self-Defense

A new Rasmussen Reports poll released on April 13, 2016 found that voters believe their fellow law-abiding Americans are buying guns for self-defense purposes.

Off those polled, 66% believe self-defense is the main driving force for people purchasing firearms. 5% polled from that same study think Americans purchase guns to commit criminal acts, while 1% says gun purchases are job related. 22% of those polled for this survey believe people bought firearms for purposes other than self-defense.

The study also found that 44% percent of Americans believe it’s too easy to purchase firearms in the United States, while 11% say it’s too difficult. 36% percent see no difficulty in obtaining firearms.

It’s no surprise Americans are purchasing firearms for self-defense. With the recent mass shootings in San Bernardino and abroad, Americans fear for their safety and want to take matters into their own hands.

Additionally, any threat of gun control compels Americans to buy firearms in great numbers. This past February, the FBI processed 2.6 million background checks for gun purchases.

Back in October, Gallup released a poll that found an overwhelming number of Americans — fifty-six percent (56%) — believe the presence of more concealed weapons will make the U.S. safer. A January poll found that an overwhelming amount of Americans are skeptical of unilateral gun control and confiscation.WATCH

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Originally published at www.wideopenspaces.com on April 17, 2016.