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.
Steve Moriarty January 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Oh spiff, (hanging my head is sympathy to your relatives) you are an insulting little spud of a man. You complain about everything because you are a lonely bitter person. This shows through your comments. You probably thrive on the attention you get from being so negative about everything. Relax your rectum so you can get a clear view at what I said. I did not say that AR15's are automatic weapons or assault weapons. I said that the guy who went into JC Penny with one slung over his shoulder, much like yourself, is stupid. A semi automatic weapon can in fact be an assault weapon. Check out the sniper rifle. Its job is to kill "people" and it is semi automatic. Digest that with your gruel. I am no longer going to flame your need for attention so say what you will. The readers here know you and that your words have no basis except in you own little mind.
Spiff January 30, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Yes, but Steve (staying on topic and not resorting to childish rants), a sniper rifle doesn't have a selective fire feature which it must to fall into the assault rifle category of weapons (based on the technical definition of an assault rifle). Unless you were in the military pre-1960s, you would know this. And if you were in the military pre-1960s and simply didn't stay current with your weapons knowledge, then I apologize for questioning your military credentials.
Kaptainsteve January 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Mr. Moriarty, It's great to see that while Mr. Moriarty can call people "spineless cowards," "arrogant," "scum," "bitter," and of "little mind" he then follows all that with "You probably thrive on the attention you get from being so negative about everything. "
Spiff January 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Yeah, Kaptain, I picked up on that too. Very funny!
Rockland Farm January 31, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Steve while I agree with you that a 45. is a excellent defensive caliber . It simply is not for everyone or every situation . The size ,age,handicaps and sex of the person and their particular situation come into play . And the amount of ammunition needed in a self defense situation is something no one can predict . I personally would rather have more than I need instead of less. I do agree that practice is important. But to suggest that your firearm choice is somehow more appropriate for everyone is as silly as Joe Bidens double barrel shotgun comment.


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