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.
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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