#GunControl Poll: 66 percent of Virginians want armed guards in schools

Posted by: ST on January 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Via CNN:

(CNN) – While two-thirds of Virginia voters say they want armed guards in schools, the voting bloc is more split on their opinions over gun control laws in general, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

By a margin of 66%-29%, voters say they support the idea of placing an armed police officer in every school, a proposal pushed by the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting last month.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in December expressed openness to the notion of equipping school personnel with guns. Though he did not outwardly endorse such a plan, he cautioned against immediately rejecting it.

“I think there should be a discussion of that – if people were armed, not just the police officer but other school officials were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would have been an opportunity to stop aggressors coming in to the schools,” McDonnell said in an interview on WTOP, a Washington radio station.

I guess this makes 66% of Virginians “gun nuts” like the rest of us who have been proponents of the idea of having armed police officers in schools – first laid out on a national scale by President Clinton after Columbine – have been characterized…?

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4 Responses to “#GunControl Poll: 66 percent of Virginians want armed guards in schools”


  1. jeff says:

    Important essay at WRSA, by former Navy Seal Matt Bracken relevant to dialog:


    Actually, relevant to everything.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Much anxiety fueled by misinformation surrounds the idea of armed civilians guarding schools but the fact of the matter is that eventually we will be forced to adopt some version of the “Israeli method”, like it or not. It is not a simple matter of handing a weapon to just anybody to assume guard duty but a tightly regulated process. In TX, it is called Level III law enforcement certification. I have taken and passed it twice; once in correctional officers’ academy and as a job requirement for armored car driver. Not everyone gets certified.

    When you have only seconds to react first responders are just minutes away.

  3. I live in VA, our new legislative session started this week. The AG is looking into if it is legal for the state to mandate to individual school systems to do this. So far, it looks like it is against our constitition.

  4. Sure, they say they want armed guards… until the see the price tag. Never going to happen.