Study: Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

They also want tougher gun laws, a new survey finds.

A large majority of teachers in Connecticut don’t want educators to bring guns into schools and instead want the state to enact tougher gun laws, according to a recently released study by the Connecticut Education Association.

The CEA’s poll of 400 of its members statewide also showed that teachers, by an overwhelming majority, want more state funding to improve security in schools, support broader background checks on gun buyers and support bans on assault weapons and on large-capacity gun magazines. The CEA survey comes at a time when state lawmakers are holding hearings on gun control issues in Hartford and on a day when there was particularly tense and emotional testimony on the issue, some of it from parents who lost small children in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

"This is the first time teachers have been asked for their opinion in a comprehensive manner that is representative of educators' views across Connecticut," said CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg. "We want legislators to establish new and strengthened laws that protect the overall safety of children, schools, and our communities—including commonsense gun laws and funding to address safety issues in public schools."

The CEA survey findings show teachers overall support stronger gun safety laws and specific proposals to make communities safer:

  • Almost all teachers surveyed (98 percent) favor extending criminal and mental health background checks for all gun purchases.
  • A large majority (88 percent) support banning the sale and possession of military-style semi-automatic assault weapons to everyone, except the police and military.
  • Most of those surveyed, (87 percent) also support banning the sale and possession of high-capacity magazine clips.
  • A strong majority (85 percent) opposes any proposals allowing teachers to carry guns in schools.
  • Nine out of ten members (92 percent) believe the state should provide funding to local public school districts to modernize facilities to address today's school safety issues.
Waterford Rez February 04, 2013 at 03:14 AM
This is total BS. Many, many teachers I have talked to want some sort of armed protection. More liberal BS from the press. 90% of teachers are Democrats so even if these results are true, no surprises. Got to tow the line. Here's an idea, ask the teachers, staff and the kids this: When you are in your class room and you hear gunfire, who do you want outside your classroom to protect you: 1. No one (status quo) 2. Some politician preaching about gun control 3. A good guy (in what ever form-cop, guard, trained staff) with a gun attempting to end the evil You can not always prevent evil, sometimes (actually, usually) you can only try to STOP it. Liberals live in an alternate reality and why they do is beyond me. Notice that ALL the politicians who want YOU to trust stricter gun laws ALL have armed protection and send their kids to private schools. Just like NONE of them will EVER use Obamacare. Remember, Socialism is for the people, not the Socialist. Get your head out of your a*ses and use some God given (or evolved if you prefer) common sense. Why this is even a debate shows how ignorant the left truly is.


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