A new survey from Gallup has found that nearly three-quarters of teachers are opposed to President’s Trump suggestion to arm teachers and school staff members in order to keep schools safe. To conduct the survey, Gallup spoke to 497 teachers, ranging from kindergarten through high school, in order to get their thoughts on arming teachers to help combat school shootings. The results are staggering: 73 percent of those polled said they were against the idea.
According to CNBC, the survey also found that over half of teachers said they felt the idea of arming staff members would make schools more dangerous. On Tuesday, a California teacher and reserve officer brought a gun to his class to try to teach his students about gun safety but ended up injuring three students when the gun accidentally went off.
Additionally, more than 80 percent of the teachers who participated in the survey said they would not want to be trained to use a firearm if the school they worked at began arming teachers. The massive opposition from educators creates another giant roadblock for the already controversial concept, as any sort of law allowing teachers to be armed would be nearly impossible to pass, let alone implement, if teachers are against being armed in the first place.
“Nobody can force teachers to carry guns,” said Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup told CNBC. “Teachers would have to agree.”
Twenty percent of teachers polled said they supported arming teachers; Newport said that most who were in favor of the idea were “teachers in rural areas who already own guns.”
The radical suggestion to arm teachers came from Trump last month, in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. Earlier this week, thousands of students across the country participated in a nation-wide student walkout to protest the persistence of gun violence in America.