Poll: Majority of Americans ok with armed guards in schools

…a majority (55 percent) of Americans in the poll support the idea of putting an armed guard in every school in the country including 65 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats.

Second, when asked whether stricter gun laws or armed guards would do more to curb gun violence in schools 43 percent chose tighter gun laws while 41 percent named armed guards — a statistical dead heat. Not surprisingly, Democrats strongly favored stricter gun laws while Republicans preferred armed guards. Independents, living up to their name, split 42 percent for stricter laws and 41 percent for armed guards.

What those numbers suggest is that LaPierre’s assertion about arming more people in schools is simply not viewed as all that far-fetched by a large plurality of the country. It also makes clear that the conversation about guns happening on the Acela Corridor (between Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.) is not the same conversation happening in other places in the U.S.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    If it’s the right thing to do to protect Sasha and Malia with armed guards then it’s the right thing for Billy and Sally Sixpack. Unless you’re a hypocrite.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yeah, but there are a lot of hypocrites out there.

  • SusanBeehler

    If is this is the route we take; Would gun owners be willing to pay a tax on their ammo and guns to cover implementing this plan?

    • HG


      • SusanBeehler

        So what is the plan to finance this idea?

        • HG

          Funding can happen in many ways other than the single idea you mention. Given it is local gov’t and local school boards that would be responsible for carrying it out, the cost of such would fall on the local taxpayers.

          • SusanBeehler

            Oh yes, property tax, my favorite, figures I would have to pay for your right.

  • sbark

    Would be ironic, if after all of Obama’s exec order bans—–teachers union members would be eligible to obtain assault weapons , especially after watching their behavior during the Wisc. public union strike.

  • mld

    To my surprise, people do not realze that this already exists today across the nation, just not in all schools. They are called school resource officers & paid via tax dollars. Many schools & children are currently being protected by trained deputies. I agree 110% to impliment this vs starting down the pathway to chip away at the 2nd amendment. To legally apply for a permit, you are already required by federal law to report if you have mental illness & fully automatic weapons are banned. Our 2nd amendment rights have done many things, past & present, from personal protection to preventing foreign countries from wanting to invade us. Why? because they know the United States of Americas citizens are armed & will defend themselves. Executive order should NOT take place, this needs to be voted on.