One of the more dishonest lines from the Left and the media of late has been the idea that Donald Trump wants ALL teachers to be armed in the classroom.
It’s dishonest because it paints a scary, dystopic picture of militarized classrooms and children who stare down the barrel of an AR-15 when they so much as cough out of turn… at least, that’s the tone you get from the people who are opposed to the idea but really don’t have much of a clue as to what the Trump Administration is proposing.
In truth, what Trump called for is optional, specialized training for teachers who wish to carry their personal weapons on campus to defend themselves and their students should a situation arise.
This is the proposal that Gallup, in a recent study, has put before teachers they polled in an effort to see how many teachers might actually participate in that program.
Right now, it doesn’t look like many would.
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. school teachers oppose the idea of training certain teachers and staff to carry guns in school buildings. Nearly six in 10 teachers think it would make schools less safe, and about seven in 10 teachers think carrying guns would not effectively limit the number of victims in the event of a shooting.
These findings are based on a nationally representative online Gallup Panel survey of 497 U.S. school teachers in grades K-12. Gallup Panel teachers with web access were invited to take the survey online March 5-12, less than one month after the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and 17 injured.
Here’s a closer look at Gallup’s results.
I’ve written on this subject before, as a teacher, and my personal responses are fairly in line with the results here.
However, there is something to note with this poll. It doesn’t seem to ask the right questions: Should teachers be allowed to carry their own guns on campus? Do they have a right to do so?
The next chunk of information from Gallup gets a little closer to that question…
…but still doesn’t quite get there. “Most Teachers Don’t Want To Be Armed In School” doesn’t match the actual questions asked in this graphic. The questions are about getting the special training. You can be trained but still not bring a gun on campus. The reason(s) behind why they wouldn’t get the training aren’t listed. I think they should be.
Overall, though, I think it is very safe to say that, outside of your deep red zones, you won’t see many teachers going out and getting any sort of training. The idea doesn’t seem popular among teachers and, frankly, given how much teachers are expected to do both in and out of the classroom these days, it is dangerous bringing a gun onto campus when you can’t give it your full attention. That can only lead to bad things.