It turns out that Americans aren’t too worried about putting armed guards in schools nationwide, according to a new Rasmussen Reports study released Thursday.
According to the study, 53 percent of American adults would feel safer knowing that there were armed guards present at their kids’ schools in the event of a school shooting. That number actually rises to 62 percent among adults with a school-aged kid. The study also found that 42 percent of adults – and 51 percent of adults with a school-aged kid – believe posting an armed guard at every school nationwide would make the schools safer.
Interestingly, adults that live in the suburbs were less likely than their rural or city-dwelling counterparts to support the idea of having armed guards at schools. Only 47 percent of suburbanites believe their child would be safer if there were armed guards installed at their school, compared to 51 percent of city dwellers and 64 percent of adults in rural parts of the country.
The one thing that everyone seemed to agree on for the most part, however, is that should armed guards be placed in schools nationwide they operate under the control of the local government. Six in ten Americans supported putting local government officials in charge of the armed security guards – while only 11 percent of Americans believed that the federal government should take the reins.
Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last December, the National Rifle Association called on the federal government to place an armed guard in every school. Although the White House temporarily seemed open to the idea, Vice President Joe Biden, who was put in charge of the president’s gun violence protection task force, quickly pooh-poohed the idea in a Google+ hangout in which he called it a “terrible mistake.”
Last month it was reported that a school district in rural Arkansas was putting several of its employees through armed guard training so they would be able to carry concealed in the classroom. Teachers in Kansas and South Dakota are also allowed to carry a licensed concealed weapon on school grounds.