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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 study by the Connecticut Education Association that was released this week.

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.
Casey February 02, 2013 at 01:09 PM
My hat is off to the 15% of the teachers surveyed that realize what a difference it could have made at Sandy Hook if just one teacher had a gun and knew how to use it.
Casey February 02, 2013 at 02:29 PM
This survey illustrates the liberal nature of the teaching community. It is a shame that there isn't a better ideological balance among this group. Our children must certainly be influenced by the personal attitudes of their teachers and not necessarily in a good way - unless of course one believes that a liberal America is a better America.
Waterford Guy February 02, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Not really news. A progressive state, with progressive educators that are part of a progressive union that hands it's dues over to progressive candidates that support progressive causes. Notice the final bullet point, "more state funding please!" I would be surprised if anyone was surprised by this. It is about consolidating money and power, not helping children succeed in life or keep them any safer. All the more reason to homeschool your kids.
Gary wang February 03, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Take you kids, your guns and move to Texas!
Casey February 03, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Gary - Other than your advice for me personally, I would be interested in your ideas for making the children in CT schools safe.
CitizenWatch February 05, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I have a child in elementary school. I was happy and comforted to see the police there guarding the entrance after the terrible event happened. If the teachers aren't interested in carrying, then keep police security. Schools are supposed to be the safetest place. If our politicians can have armed guards (paid by tax dollars), why can't our children. I understand some parents don't want there children around guns and think if you put police at schools then schools will be like prison. Well, I can live with that because I know my kid will be safe. I didn't hear anyone complaining either when the police were there. Just my observations and opinion.

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