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Poll Shows Most Parents Of School Children Support Arming Teachers


While Americans in general may be divided on the prospect of allowing teachers to carry guns in schools, it looks like the majority of parents agree: more guns are a good thing.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 48 percent of American adults -- both those who have kids and those who don't -- say they aren’t in favor of allowing trained teachers and faculty to carry guns in schools, while a slightly fewer 43 percent say they like that plan.

But among parents of school-aged kids, the majority say they support arming teachers, and nearly three-in-four parents say they’d feel a lot better sending their kids to a school that at least has armed security guards. 

Rasmussen found that:

Among adults with children of elementary or secondary school age, 59% support a proposal that incentivizes teachers to carry guns in school. Fifty-four percent (54%) of adults without children of those ages are not on board with that proposal.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of adults with school-aged children say they would feel safer if their child attended a school where no adults were allowed to own a gun. Seventy-three percent (73%) of those adults say they would feel safer if their child attended a school with an armed security guard.

Only a third of Americans (32 percent, to be exact) say it’s possible to make schools entirely safe against violence.

Given the near-complete uselessness of the Broward County Sheriff's Office to protect its own students against gun violence, perhaps the fact that many parents support armed teachers as a second line of defense shouldn't come as a shock. 

On Wednesday, CNN talked to one dad whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting just two weeks ago, and who now says he supports a Florida bill that would establish a statewide program for training and arming teachers who want to carry a gun in school. Here's his take:

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