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February 26, 2013

Despite NRA’s Urging Survey Shows Teachers Oppose More Guns In Classroom

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NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s response to the Newtown school shooting was a plan to bring more guns into schools claiming only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. The plan was met with a mix of ridicule and skepticism but the NRA doubled down on the plan even to the point of launching an ad campaign that targeted President Obama’s children, asserting that Obama’s lack of support for armed guards at schools was hypocritical given that his children were protected by armed secret service agents.

And now it is revealed that educators themselves are less than enthused by the NRA’s plan.

Post-Newtown suggestions about arming teachers haven’t gained much traction with teachers themselves, a new nationwide survey suggests: Nearly three in four educators say they would be unlikely to bring a firearm to school if allowed to do so.

Even among the 36% who say they own a gun, only about one in three would be likely to bring it to school…

The survey finds that the overwhelming majority of educators, 92%, feel their schools are safe. But nearly one in three says their school is not safe from gun violence. Nearly 90% say having an armed police officer in school would improve safety, while 12% say armed cops in schools would make schools less safe.

Note a more favorable view towards having a police officer in school rather than random armed “firearms¬† instructors” or teachers.

Some even wonder if the NRA actually wanted this plan more than the organization just wanted to provide an alternative to heightened calls for stronger gun regulation after the Newtown shooting. The distraction campaign seems to have achieved its intended purpose of running out the clock as Washington is moving on to other agenda items and the prospects for new firearm legislation looks DOA in the Republican controlled House.



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