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Colorado Poll: Majority Favor Allowing Staff to Carry Guns in School

February 06, 2014  | 

The idea of arming public school employees gained traction in a poll released Wednesday, a week before lawmakers hear testimony on a bill that would allow Colorado school districts to permit adults to carry guns inside classrooms, reports The Denver Post.

Fifty percent of Coloradans support allowing teachers to be armed inside schools, while 45 percent remained in opposition, according to the Quinnipiac poll in the pollster's first look at the issue since a gunman walked into Arapahoe High School in December and killed a classmate before taking his own life.

On Tuesday, a House committee will hear testimony on a measure sponsored by Rep. Steve Humphrey, R-Severance.

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Nichole @ 2/7/2014 3:26 AM

I fully support this move and wish that more schools, especially the ones my daughter will be attending, would take hold of this idea.

I realize how much hate this is going to get from the anti-gun lobbyists, but the bottom line is that our children need to be protected when we can't be there to do it ourselves.

I would also like to point out that I wish schools would adapt some sort of anti-bullying, peace, love and happiness mantra that they stick to. Sounding dumb or not, for some of these kids, that might be just what they need to keep from cracking and killing their classmates. Bullying should not be tolerated. When I was a kid, bullying was no big deal, and no one that I knew committed suicide from it, or took a gun to school. But back then, bullying wasn't what it is today. In today's technology, you can't hide from a bully, and their reach is greater than it ever was before. While a lot of people would argue that bullies have always been around, they have never been this bad.

Batterson @ 2/9/2014 9:26 AM

The problem isn't the product it's the source. PARENTS. Anti bullying peace love rainbows and unicorn policy isn't going to change it. Reaching parents of a child who is the problem should be a goal not just punishing the child. As for guns in school I think it's a horrible idea unless they are also going to require hundreds of hours of training testing and qualification. Without any of that all you've done is introduce another gun in the mix. There are plenty of officers and reserve officers that could be utilized vs non trained civilians. Officer presence is a hell of a tool. A better program would be 4-5 officers including 1 k-9 hired through extra jobs or assigned to patrol the school. They could have speciality cqc training, narcotics, and negotiation tactics. Letting teachers carry is just a cheap band aide a dangerous one at that. If you want to protect our children don't skimp on the price. Officers are the best solution.

ftrnr @ 2/11/2014 3:27 AM

Not sure how I feel about this, they would need LOTS of hours of training, preferably with the local police so everyone is known and operating with the same tactics. I would suggest taking advantage of all of us who would just volunteer. Every week or so I have a day or two off during the week, why not have the government figure out a way to cover the liability and let us volunteer to hang out in the school for a day or two a week. Cost-matching polo shirts for everyone. In addition, with our kids in the school, we would have much better sources of information/rumor, and would be as in touch with the kids as an SRO. Pad it with some federal funds to pay for training at the local academy (I don't work where my kids go to school) and everyone would be happy.

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