Study: American Republicans Want Armed School Teachers

A new Pew Research Center study found 56% of surveyed Republicans want teachers to be armed. Is this true for Ramona Republicans?

American Republicans want to see teachers and school officials armed with guns—much moreso than Democrats and the population at-large—in the wake of the shooting massacre at a Newtown, CT elementary school last month, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

The study, released Monday, shows 56 percent of Republicans favor increasing the number of armed teachers and school officials, compared to just 23 percent of Democrats. Since 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, many, including a National Rifle Association official, have called for the arming of more school officials.

But 57 percent of Americans oppose arming more teachers, while a majority (64 percent) would like to see more armed security guards and police on campuses.

The gun control debate since the Newtown shooting has often diverged along party lines. According to the San Diego County Registrar's Office, nearly half of registered voters in unincorporated areas of the county, like Ramona, who stated a party are Republicans, compared to slightly more than a quarter who align with the Democratic Party.

This new study shows the starkest split along party lines on the issues of arming school teachers, banning assault-style weapons and a federal database to track gun sales. While 69 percent of Democrats want to ban assault-style weapons, only 44 percent of Republicans do. As for the federal database—the gun regulation issue with the sharpest disagreement—84 percent of Democrats are in favor, compared to 49 percent of Republicans.

But there is common ground amid the debate.

Background checks for buyers at private gun sales and gun shows, and preventing the mentally ill from buying guns have the support of a large block of Americans and members of both parties. A strong 85 percent of Americans and Republicans, and 87 percent of Democrats support the expanded background checks. Similar numbers support the checks on purchases by the mentally ill.

See the full study here.

Unincorporates Areas of San Diego County Registered Voters

Political Party # Voters* % Total Voters** Republican 116,891 46.1% Democratic 67,792 26.8% American Independent 9,340 3.7% Libertarian 1,875 <1% Green 934 <1% Peace & Freedom 484 <1% Americans Elect 9 <1% Miscellaneous 1,024 <1% No Party Preference 54,954 21.7% Total 253,303

*Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

**Figures may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

Just a concerned citizen January 17, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Here we go. Gotta love it when Michelle posts a partisan related story. So, we have the Retards vs. the Dumbasses squaring off over guns and how should we control them yet in the middle of the din the retards want to put even more guns around our youngsters. Did guns in the hands of "responsible persons" stop anything in Columbine? Not likely. Insane people don't think in real terms so the threat of response, force or punishment are irrelevant. But, hey, let's go ahead and make political traction regardless of the effectiveness, yes?
KevinH January 17, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Repugs are ignorant idiots. And low information voters
Douglas Scholl January 17, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I guess our "local" Ramona patch is dancing on those same graves as Piers Morgan such as pointing fingers, applying labels and placing blame instead of actually having an adult fact based debate. This is NOT a D or an R issue. Unless you make it one. I can't even determine what Shauntel Lowe wants to discuss. Does she want to discuss how to protect kids? Does she want to paint Republicans as Wild West Gun Slingers? Does she want to have a serious debate about guns? Does she want to have a serious debate about criminals? Does she want to have a serious debate about mental health? The metrics used in the polling are laughable. 1,502 people all done over phone with no verification. Questions asked both in English and Spanish. They used two separate forms to ask questions, but don't state how the forms were chosen, random or based off of declared politics. The article highlights several questions that were asked. Yet no one from Pew who paid for the poll or the Princeton Survey Research Associates International discloses all the questions that were asked. I expect better from a "local" reporter. Maybe I shouldn't.


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