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The debate over arming teachers in schools is becoming more prevalent as the number of deadly school shootings is starting to be increasingly more consistent in today’s national school system.
President Donald Trump himself and the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are two key figures of the American government who came out in favor of training teachers and arming them with weapons after the February 14 massacre that happened at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida last month.
Many people have come out in support of providing teachers with guns and a large number of people have voiced their opposition to this idea as well. Like legal marijuana for recreational purposes and gay marriage, arming teachers has become an issue that the state governments have individually taken control over while the federal government trails behind.
However, the results of a new Gallop Poll have been released, which shows that the vast majority of teachers in America in public school districts across the country are not enthusiastic about having guns in the classroom. Exactly 497 K-12 educators at schools in a variety of U.S. States took the poll.
“Surveyors found that 73 percent of teachers opposed being trained to use firearms while 20 percent favored it,” wrote Kate Stringer, a public education reporter for The74Million.org.
“Meanwhile, 58 percent said arming educators would make schools less safe, even if teachers received firearm training. But 20 percent said it would make them safer, and 22 percent didn’t think it mattered,” Stringer also wrote.
“Most teachers (71 percent) don’t think adding guns to classrooms would reduce the number of victims in a school shooting, while 29 percent said armed educators could help reduce casualties,” she added.
Negative repercussions have already arisen from allowing teachers to have handguns in the classroom. Time will tell how dangerous arming teachers in an active mass school shooting will be as such incidents are becoming more increasingly prevalent.
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