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Poll: Majority Says Arming Properly Trained Teachers Would Make Schools Safer For Children

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Nearly 60% of likely voters would like to see teachers in schools armed and properly trained in order to make schools safer for our children, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Trafalgar Group.

The survey was conducted in conjunction with the Convention of States Action (COSA) among 1,091 likely U.S. voters between May 25-29.

In total, 57.5% of likely voters said they believed properly trained teachers armed with guns would make schools safer, including 62% of adults aged 18 to 24.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called for arming educators in the wake of the shooting.

“We can’t stop bad people from doing bad things. We can potentially arm and prepare and train teachers and other administrators to respond quickly,” Paxton said during an appearance on Fox News. Former President Donald Trump at this year’s NRA convention Friday also called for “highly trained teachers to safely and discreetly conceal carry” firearms in school.

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But not everyone welcomed the suggestion with open arms. National Education Association President Becky Pringle told the Guardian that bringing more guns into schools “makes schools more dangerous and does nothing to shield our students and educators from gun violence.

“We need fewer guns in schools, not more,” she said. “Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards.”

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