Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

They also want tougher gun laws, a new survey finds.


The vast 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 massacre 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.
Eddie Willers February 01, 2013 at 04:23 AM
There was a time - less than 50 years ago - when most schools in this country had guns in them because they had shooting ranges in them. In rural counties kids used to put their guns in the coatroom and shoot dinner on their way home. Here in Newtown it was not unusual for a kid to be walking down the street with a rifle when I grew up. That level of trust is unlikely to return. And that will eventually doom us. Studies have shown that the level of trust in a society is directly related to its economic well being. People who trust each other will cooperate economically and prosper, while those who do not, starve. With trust you get win-win deals, without it you get win-lose. We will never see the level of prosperity we saw in the 50's and 60's until we learn to trust each other as much as we did then. This goes far beyond the guns, but they do provide a useful litmus test. Go to a competitive match sometime, where everybody is armed, and everybody is stressed, and observe the level of trust required to make that work. It is impossible to be in these sports and not make good friends because trust is established so early in the relationship. We have a choice to make in this town: trust, friendship and prosperity, or laws, bunkers, and eventually financial ruin. There is no third choice. Trust is what we are for, and what the gun control people are against. What's is your choice?
Eddie Willers February 01, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Dang it: what is your choice?
Gary C. Malachowski February 02, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Hi Eddie W. Like you, i remember those time as well. I grew up half my childhood in the U.P. of Michigan where i learn to shoot, fish, an Camping an Hunting, I dress out my first deer when i was Eight years old. I can still remember the shooting matches us kids ( girles too ) held. I was taught to respect the gun an what it could do, not fear it, like what some people are doing now... Look, The AR-15 Is nothing more then a Rifle, It just doesn't look like your every day rifle,a Winchester is a rifle, early Models held fifteen rounds, 22 is a rifle i grew up with an learn on, some held over twelve rounds, I could go on.
Gary C. Malachowski February 02, 2013 at 03:03 AM
try these on for size, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gLmKpNgSnM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KvO-8IvoCI
Gary C. Malachowski February 02, 2013 at 03:10 AM
The Wyoming House of Representatives passed two bills on Friday geared toward protecting or expanding gun rights in the state, including one aimed at nullifying some of the new federal gun restrictions proposed by the Obama administration Among the other states where such laws have been introduced this year are Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. If all goes Well, Wisconsin will be with them as well.One of the bills, the so-called Firearm Protection Act, would seek to invalidate any new federal bans or restrictions on semi-automatic firearms or ammunition magazines. It also precludes state enforcement of those restrictions, if passed at the federal level.


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