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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 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 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.
Jeff January 29, 2013 at 07:02 PM
How did these teachers ever get their degree ? Follow these simple rules of fact finding : #1 Google "Semi-Auto" #2 Google the word "Style" #3 using common sense , consider why a GUN would be more dangerous with a bayonet lug , flash suppressor , plastic grip or just LOOK like a military weapon ?
Jeff January 29, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Hey Teachers : Look up the 1938 Federal firearms Act when you have some down-time .
Jeff January 29, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Now Class : If Johnny has three 10 round magazines and has to reload twice to fire 30 rounds , each magazine takes 5 seconds each , how much time would he save if he had a 30 round magazine ??
Arbie February 15, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I wonder what teachers were surveyed as the ones I talked with, some already had a pistol permit and others were looking into obtaining one. All were in favor of carrying a concealed pistol and all wanted armed resource officers in the schools. None talked about restricting the types of guns based on appearance that idea alone is ludicrous. As for so called hi capacity mags again what would be gained by banning? I have respect for these teachers that I talked with as they have common sense!

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