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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.
Observor January 29, 2013 at 05:49 PM
The overwhelming majority of CEA members also believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the performance of any public school.
Charlie Roberts January 29, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I believe that we are talking about school safety here, on the other hand Observor, I look forward to your solutions on improving school performance.
JS188 January 29, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Observor, Please keep in mind that teachers (CEA members) are most often stewards of our government. Teachers simply implement what is demanded by politicians. Anyone involved in education will tell you that state and federal mandates (many with good intentions but not thought out) are sinking our schools, and doing nothing but driving the cost of education through the roof. You can look back as recently as governor Malloy's new teacher evaluation system. As a result you will see more high cost administration (needed to evaluate teachers), more paperwork and more warm and fuzzy feelings. Schools don't need all of this to identify poor teachers, they know who they are. Teachers have been forced to not teach what is important but to teach the test which ultimately measures their performance as a teacher. I agree there are many things wrong with education but teachers should not and are not the first place to look. Anytime you have someone like Malloy stand up and say something intelligent like "all teachers have to do is show up for 5 years and they have a job for life" you have to wonder about how unrealistic this individual is. Unfortuately the same unrealistic expecations, misrepresentation and generation of new feel good laws are carrying right over into gun control talks, the only difference is that it is more debatable and people are more educated about through first hand experience. Yet once again our politicians are experts in everything.
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Well said, these mandates like NCLB or StudentsFirst are really about feeding large corporations school funds from the local taxpayers than improving school performance, attached to the mandated tests are contracts to supply the schools. I do believe that teachers are fooling themselves in this subject of security, they are alone, no one is going to protect them but themselves. After Columbine many schools started putting police officers at the middle and high schools for at least part of the day, parents rejoiced, then the parents complained that the officers were catching their kids doing illegal things. Officers have not generally been at elementary schools I believe because they thought they were too young to cause trouble, this is what left the door open for Lanza, he may have been having a psychotic episode but he may have had enough wits to fathom they were defenseless as opposed to a school with a officer present.
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 02:04 PM
All this talk about guns takes away from the real issue........mental health. Once again we've been asleep, these shootings have been going on for close to 30 years and each time we focus on guns and enact a law here or there, everyone gets their "feel-good" on and off we go until it happens again, and it will. There are some disturbing facts I have found, one is a phenominon known as SSRI Induced Psychosis and Mania, SSRI drugs are most of the anti depressants Dr's are doling out like candy for everything and that the Rx corps are pushing them to. For many years it was cited that these shooters were having reactions to these meds, a full blown psychotic episode and it was tracked, recently it seems since the Virginia tech shooting the shooters medical records are sealed, so are the records of the Colorado shooter and now Adam Lanza's records are sealed, all to supposedly "protect privacy". Privacy of whom??? the Rx corps? the Dr's? Certainly any thinking person can see that any information about these shooters pasts and what meds they were on and what their Dr's and parents have and haven't done is all very important to determining what is causing this and therefore what can stop it. There is no logical reason to seal these medical records especially when you look at the fact that whenever a tv rock star dies we know within seconds what meds they were on and on the night stand and who their Dr's were. I smell something.
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Also bear in mind we've had guns for 300 years and these shootings did not start until the advent of going to a pill oriented therapy as opposed to actual treatment, we closed most of our mental institutions in the US since 1980 to "save money" or build a football stadium for Kraft (remember that fiasco?), now we are paying for it. Rx corps make 250 billion a year off these drugs and spend a few billion on advertizing, this is big bucks for them and our media because we are the only nation that allows Rx ads on tv, this story will not be told period. I'm going to leave a few links that I hope you'll share and use to educate yourselves and others. http://cegant.com/commentary/school-shootings-and-psychiatric-drugs
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 02:09 PM
http://www.breggin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=75&Itemid=133 read this white paper report from page 41-42, it describes Adam Lanza to a T http://www.breggin.com/31-49.pdf
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 02:20 PM
http://www.cchrint.org/2012/07/20/the-aurora-colorado-tragedy-another-senseless-shooting-another-psychotropic-drug/ http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/20/americas-failing-mental-health-system-families-struggle-to-find-quality-care/ The United States has the worst mental health care among all industrialized nations in the world, THE WORST and we pay the most for it--way to go!!. We do however have the highest corporate welfare levels, especially Ct, did you know we spend over 5 billion a year on Corporate Welfare?? But it is not discussed in any budget talks, it doesn't even come up, we are paying for padding the CEO salaries with our kids lives, it is time to invest in the people and infrastructure before the whole place falls apart, we have the money, it's just in the wrong area. http://www.psmag.com/health/americas-mental-health-care-is-getting-worse-4117/
Observor January 30, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Oh, great. Gene Batholomew is back.
Robin Hood January 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM
don't worry, you're a lost cause, like you matter
East Haddam Resident January 30, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I think Robin Hood is absolutely right on this issue, I may have disagreed on other issues in the past but this is spot on. These guns don't walk in to these schools by themselves. Take the gun out of the picture he would have made a bomb or some other means. Take the lunatic out of the equation and 20 children are still alive. It's a bad mix of prescription drugs, playing video games that award killing and absolutely no punishment for your action anymore.
RM March 07, 2013 at 03:38 AM
I smell it too .......and it's someone's agenda

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