The senselessness of the Sandy Hook tragedy has brought much needed attention to gun and school safety issues. At a news conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CEA officials released the results of a new report showing teachers support tougher gun laws.
Watch excerpts from the news conference below.
Some of the key findings of the poll are:
- Almost all teachers surveyed (98 percent) favor extending criminal and mental health background checks for all gun purchases.
- A large majority (88 percent) support banning the sale and possession of military-style semi-automatic assault weapons to everyone except the police and military.
- Eighty-seven percent of teachers surveyed also support banning the sale and possession of high-capacity magazine clips.
- A strong majority (85 percent) oppose any proposals allowing teachers to carry guns in schools.
- Nine out of ten members (92 percent) believe the state should provide funding to local public school districts to modernize facilities to address today’s school safety issues.
For more information on the poll, you can read the news release here.