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Survey: Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

They also want tougher gun laws, according to a study by the Connecticut Education Association.

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 study by the Connecticut Education Association that was released Monday.

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 came at a time when state lawmakers were 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 common sense 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.
Ron January 29, 2013 at 02:07 PM
my wife is a school teacher in CT and does not agree with this study at all and had no idea about this survey.
Andrew Ziemba January 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
We defend out President with guns We defend out Congressmen with guns We defend our Governors with guns We defend our celebrities with guns We defend our sporting events with guns we defend our jewelry stores with guns we defend our banks with guns we defend our office buildings with guns we defend our factories with guns we defend our courts with guns We defend our children with a sign that reads "THIS IS A GUN FREE ZONE." ...And then call someone WITH A GUN if there's an emergency.
Ben Smith January 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
My wife is also a teacher- does not agree with this, and she had no idea that such a survey was done. No mention has been made to her, and no request has been put forth to her or her colleagues to obtain their opinions on this matter. I question the integrity of this information.
Don January 29, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Run schools like prisons? Just so we can protect someone's right to own an assault weapon?
David Moelling January 29, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Schools and the like are not targets for robbers, they are like honey to people who for a variety of reasons (mental issues, terrorists) want to grab the attention of the largest audience possible. A guy who robs the Qwik E Mart at gunpoint wants the money and most of the time runs if not hopped up on drugs. A guy going to a school wants to kill lots of innocents. This happened rarely in the past, possibly due to higher levels of incarceration of the mentally ill, lower levels of drug use, and lower media coverage of shootings. Remember the Chicago Saint Valentines day massacre involved only seven victims and the gangsters used fully automatic Tommy guns (fully legal with 100 round capacity at the time). This shocked the nation, showing how rare mass shootings were. I've just returned from Utah where gun ownership is the 2nd Highest in the nation (and teachers can legally carry arms into school). The murder rate is 1.9 per 100,000 while in CT the murder rate is 3.6 per 100,000. GIven that there is no evidence guns increase the crime rate and the attractiveness of schools for deranged persons, armed protection or even cans of bear spray/tasers seem to be in order.
FHS XC January 29, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Shouldn't it be up to the parents and taxpayers?
FHS XC January 29, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Don, I haven't heard anyone seriously advocate running a school like a prison. Can you cite a reference or is it just hyperbole?
Andrew Ziemba January 29, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Unfortunately schools are already run like prisons. All they are missing is the guns and metal bars at this point. Do I need to list all the ways that this is so? I hope not.
Andrew Ziemba January 29, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Precisely the reason why we need to privatize education immediately. Freedom is good. Slavery is bad. Let individuals decide what is best rather than special interest groups and politicians.
POODETWA January 30, 2013 at 12:54 AM
metal detectors and police should scare the punks. hooray for the nra
Ryan January 30, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Based on the previous comments it sounds like this survey was biased and only released to certain teaching staff which means that the survey is inaccurate. That being said, a survey of 400 teachers is a tiny sample size in a state with 169 towns where there are thousands of teachers. So this survey has no merit. Also this article shows a picture of a beta magazine, which is a "high capacity" magazine, however what these people are going after are standard capacity magazines. They are terming these standard capacity magazines as "high capacity" because they want to make them seem evil. That exact thing is what this article is trying to do by showing a beta magazine. This makes the unknowing citizen then makes the connection that everybody uses these magazines and therefore they are evil, but the reality is that these magazines are prohibitively expensive. They regularly cost between 2 and 3 hundred dollars each

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