Sen. Warren Releases Massachusetts Survey on Reducing Gun Violence in Schools

Sen. Warren Releases Massachusetts Survey on Reducing Gun Violence in Schools

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., on Thursday released a survey of Massachusetts educators, parents, and other school officials discussing what the federal government should do to reduce gun violence in schools.

Among the poll results:

  • 69.3 percent of the respondents said they were “very concerned” about gun violence in schools. Another 18.5 percent said they were somewhat concerned.
  • 79.4 percent strongly disagree that arming teachers would help reduce the risk of school gun violence. Another 8.3 percent said they disagreed, but not strongly.
  • 90.6 percent believe that improving access to mental health services would make schools safer.
  • Nearly 70 percent said that stronger gun regulation could reduce school gun violence.
  • 57 percent “strongly agreed” or agreed that teachers, students, and other school officials should receive training on neutralizing active shooters and receiving first aid.
  • 43.3 percent said federal, state, and local funds should be used for metal detectors and security cameras at all K-12 schools.
  • 96.4 percent agreed or strongly agreed that requiring universal background checks for gun purchases, including online and at gun shows, would reduce gun violence.

The survey was open from May 16 to June 8, 2018. Warren and Clark’s offices sent the surveys to eight education organizations, including teacher unions and the PTA. A total of 384 people submitted survey responses who self-identified themselves as their school-related roles, including 125 teachers, 108 parents or guardians, 62 principals or school administrators, 23 education support professionals, and 21 superintendents or school district leaders. Forty-five people did not self-identify as part of any of those groups, the poll report said.

Warren is gearing up for possible 2020 presidential bid, Politico reported.

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