ARMING TEACHERS :THE NUMBERS
“A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that more than half of U.S. adults (55 percent) would oppose allowing teachers and officials to carry guns in K-12 schools, including 36 percent who said they would strongly oppose such a proposal. Still, a sizable minority (45 percent) said they favored allowing teachers to carry guns in school,” writes Juliana Menasce Horowitz, an analyst for the pollster who revisited the findings following the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last month.
The survey found that 69 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of gun owners favored arming teachers and school officials, compared to 26 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of those who did not own guns. Among Republican gun owners, the number was 81 percent; among gun owners who were Democrats, it was 42 percent.