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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.
Susan Joy January 30, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Stronger background checks are a great idea but would it have identified the killer of 20 small children and 6 caring adults? As a teacher I agree with those surveyed in that I would not carry a gun into a school for two reasons, one it opens up a whole window of other problems with guns and two a school is not an environment for guns especially for teachers who are shaping the future. Are we teaching through our actions that violence is the answer? Hopefully a ban on assault rifles and magazines holding more than ten bullets will become a law. Why was this repealed a number of years ago? It seems like a good compromise with gun advocates. It is limited only to assault rifles and high capacity magazines. How many of the gun advocates own these rifles? Would it be such a terrible compromise to save people and still not significantly restrict the second amendment?
CTDAD January 30, 2013 at 09:34 PM
The survey doesn't say that teachers are opposed to guns in school, but rather opposed to being the ones carrying the guns. You should change the inaccurate headline.
Thomas Crafts January 30, 2013 at 11:23 PM
It won't save people. If somebody wants to commit mass murder, there are lots of ways to do it and they are all against the law. Cocaine and heroin are against the law but they are readily available. So will be assault weapons and 30 round clips, but only to the bad guys.
Susan Joy January 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM
That is true and sorry for my misleading title. I guess I am realistic that many towns will not be able to have multiple armed security in a school building. I really dont think tax payers can afford to have armed security in all schools in most towns. Better school security will help prevent events like happened in Newtown from happening elsewhere. I am sure some of the wealthier towns will place armed security in their buildings but not every town can have their budget increased to pay for armed security in each school in the district. Stronger school security is a more realistic goal but I am not sure how it can be achieved with the large amount of glass in schools, I will trust this answer will come about with the groups that are working to make schools safer for America's children.
Thomas Crafts January 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Teachers and their idealism and politics have created these killing fields where people like Lanza know there will be no chance of meeting armed resistance. The reason this happens over and over again is because it is effective terrorism, and there currently is no defense in place to stop it.
Marc Michaud January 31, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Susan - First of all, if I were to grade a student on the survey and the conclusions drawn from it, I would give them no better than a D-. You can not make a statement about "the vast majority" of a population with a sample size of slightly less than 1%. That said, I tend to agree with you about arming teachers in general. A firearm in every classroom would be an invitation to disaster. However, what if we followed the very successful model of the Air Marshal program? What if it was widely advertized that a few highly trained individuals, lets say teachers who are participants in the Troops to Teachers programs were equipped with concealed firearms? We have a history of individuals who target "Gun Free Zones" because they know they will meet with no opposition. The Federal assault weapons bans and magazine capacity limitations were not repealed, they were allowed to expire without renewal because they proved nearly ineffectual in effecting crime. In fact I believe those laws may have contributed to our national tragedy of repeated mass murders. Prior to the first round of "assault weapons" bans in 1994, they were a small portion of the civilian firearm market. That is until all of the political hype, which touched off a round of panic buying, followed by secondary market sell offs. It might be worth considering, Columbine happened in 1999, five years after the weapons ban. I pray that we learn from our history and don't repeat that disaster this time.
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Sheriff Clarke Thank You. When i was in my Youth my Country called an i carry a Rifle to serve an protect it, an Defend the Constitution of the United States an all that it stands for. An now as time fades on I still Carry a Side Arm to Defend an Protect my love ones, and still Defend the Constitution of the United States an all that it stands for, an let those Crazy Senators Be DAM!!
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Chinese Driver Runs Down Students By KEITH BRADSHER Published: December 25, 2012 Facebook Twitter Google+ Save E-mail Share Print Reprints HONG KONG — A man angry over a court ruling in the case of his daughter’s murder used his car to run down a group of high school students in northern China, causing 13 to be hospitalized with injuries, the local government and the state news media reported on Tuesday. It was the second major attack on students in China in less than two weeks. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors . The man, Yin Tiejun, 48, ran down 23 students at the school in Fengning County, in Hebei Province, during their lunch break on Monday, the Xinhua news agency reported. He then tried to set fire to his car by igniting a container of diesel fuel. Xinhua quoted the police as saying he was upset that the court had not sentenced all of his daughter’s killers to death. Mr. Yin was detained on charges of endangering public safety. One of the hospitalized students suffered a serious head injury, while another had two broken ankles and a third had a concussion, the local government said. The Beijing Times said the driver made no apparent effort to slow down before hitting the students and did not stop until he hit a taxi soon after.
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 02:43 AM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Belling did an hour on this. Give a listen.. Part 1 http://www.belling.com/player/?stati...l&mid=22817727 Part 2 http://www.belling.com/player/?stati...l&mid=22817743
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 03:04 AM
In 2011, more people were murdered with knives, "hands or feet" or "clubs and hammers" than with any type of rifle. Facebook post says more people were murdered with knives, body parts or blunt objects than with rifles Gun-rights advocates have mounted an aggressive social-media campaign to blunt the popularity of the White House’s efforts to advance new restrictions on guns. One reader forwarded us a statistics-heavy Facebook post that echoes others we’ve received. It says, "Facts gun control advocates don’t want you to know. According to the FBI, in 2011, 1,694 were murdered with knives, 726 with hands or feet, 496 with clubs or hammers, 323 with rifles of any type. But Obama wants to ban semi-automatic rifles?" We should first note that there is significant disagreement over what is, or should be, considered "an assault weapon." For instance, even though the Facebook post references Obama’s intention to "ban semi-automatic rifles," California law already includes some types of handguns and shotguns in its definition of "assault weapon." Handguns 6,220 Rifles 323 Shotguns 356 Other guns 97 Firearms, type not stated 1,587 Knives or cutting instruments 1,694 Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 496 Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 728
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Try Watching this.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yATeti5GmI8
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 03:21 AM
First off lets clear the Air About the Term " Assault rifles " You keep hearing on the news, They use these words to SCARE the " you know what out of you" An assault rifle is a select-fire (either fully automatic or burst capable) rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. It is not to be confused with assault weapons.[1] Assault rifles are the standard service rifles in most modern armies. Assault rifles are categorized in between light machine guns, which are intended more for sustained automatic fire in a light support role, and submachine guns, which fire a pistol cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge Examples of assault rifles include the StG 44, AK-47,[2] M16 rifle, QBZ-95, INSAS, Heckler & Koch G36, and Enfield SA80. AN AR- 15 is not a Assault Rifle... OH, One more thing The term assault rifle is a translation of the German word Sturmgewehr (literally "storm rifle", as in "to storm a position"). The name was coined by Adolf Hitler. Mr Gary C Malachowski garymalachowski@att.net Even with a reduce magazine size i still can change out in under 4 sec. Your for getting that the m-16 came out with only 20 round size..
Michael Trevail January 31, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I really dont think guns should be in schools at all. Thats just going to open another can of worms.
George S January 31, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Blaming the teachers - that is truly pathetic. These acts of violence happen primarily because weapons of excessive lethality are excessively available. Another factor is that when people are mentally ill, it is difficult to get them committed, because facilities such as Fairfield Hills are virtually extinct. But ultimately common sense indicates it's the high availability of very lethal guns and ammunition that increases the probability of dangerous individuals mass-murdering people. The Chinese man who attacked an elementary school on Dec. 14 (see http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/24/world/asia/china-school-knife-attack/index.html) was very psychotic. But all the children or educators died because this guy did not have access to assault weapons, and could only get his hands on a knife.
Marc Michaud January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Michael - In a perfect world I would agree with you 100%. If we could make all firearms, everywhere simultaneously disappear, the world would be a safer place. That is until the physically stronger found their swords and took us back into the dark ages. I'm also not completely comfortable with the armed, uniformed police officers who are prominently visible in our schools. They are a constant reminder of what happened at Sandy Hook. I would feel better if they were not in uniform and did not carry their weapons in the open. However, I very much respect that the way those officers are in many cases volunteering their time and their very conspicuous presence is a comfort to most of the people in those buildings.
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 04:25 PM
First off lets clear the Air About the Term " Assault rifles " You keep hearing on the news, They use these words to SCARE the " you know what out of you" An assault rifle is a select-fire (either fully automatic or burst capable) rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. It is not to be confused with assault weapons.[1] Assault rifles are the standard service rifles in most modern armies. Assault rifles are categorized in between light machine guns, which are intended more for sustained automatic fire in a light support role, and submachine guns, which fire a pistol cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge Examples of assault rifles include the StG 44, AK-47,[2] M16 rifle, QBZ-95, INSAS, Heckler & Koch G36, and Enfield SA80. AN AR- 15 is not a Assault Rifle... OH, One more thing The term assault rifle is a translation of the German word Sturmgewehr (literally "storm rifle", as in "to storm a position"). The name was coined by Adolf Hitler.
Gary C. Malachowski January 31, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Mr Trevail. HARROLD, Texas — In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don’t give much thought to safety at the community’s lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.
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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