There’s more vindication for the NRA initiative to putting armed guards in schools today. Townhall’s Katie Pavlich posted today that:
[A] new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows a majority of parents would feel safer if their kids went to a school with an armed guard.
Most Americans with school-age children continue to say they would feel safer if their child attended a school with an armed guard and think the decision to put armed guards in the schools should be made by local government officials.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Americans with children of elementary or secondary school age would feel safer if their child attended a school with an armed security guard. Just 24% say they would feel safer if their child went to a school where no adults were allowed to own a gun. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. Utah has allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools for more than a decade and has never had a mass shooting.
Independence Institute scholar and University of Denver law school professor David Kopel told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that the only way to immediately stop the next copy cat killer in a school is to allow trained teachers to carry guns.
Kopel praised the state of Utah because it allows teachers, in particular, to carry concealed guns if they pass a background check and undergo training.
He said the gun prohibition lobby has created scare tactics around this, but Utah’s policy — in place for several years — is proof that it works.
“Quite notably, we’ve never had an attack at a Utah school,” Kopel told the committee, which held the gun violence hearing just a week after an assault-weapons ban was introduced in the U.S. Senate. “If we want to save lives, armed defense in the schools is the immediate and best choice.”
Back in January, the Newtown Board of Education approved of armed guards in their schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. It should also be noted that a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted last winter noted that:
[A] majority (55 percent) of Americans in the poll support the idea of putting an armed guard in every school in the country including 65 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats.
So, it seems, in general, those approving of armed guards has gone up. After all, who, besides Joe Biden, is for leaving our kids vulnerable to attack?