A New York Times/CBS News poll released today finds that nine out of ten Americans, including gun owners, support universal background checks for gun buyers. Strengthening background checks is one of the proposals aimed at preventing gun violence that President Barack Obama unveiled yesterday.
President Obama’s plan includes gun violence prevention measures as well as proposals to improve school safety and increase access to mental health services.
A new NEA member poll shows the majority of educators are in line with the presidential recommendations. According to the poll, 64 percent of members support stronger gun violence prevention laws, and 90 percent support strengthening background check regulations.
CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “President Obama’s proposals are an important step toward improving school safety. We need action not only to prevent gun violence, but also to improve the climate of our schools and expand mental health services. Educators and families need to be able to identify potential problems and intervene before it’s too late.”
“We continue to grieve for the Newtown community,” she continued. “As a state and a nation we need to make important changes so that we never again face a tragedy like this. Every child deserves a safe and secure learning environment.”
President Obama’s plan is based on the work of a gun violence task force led by Vice President Joe Biden.
In a letter to Vice President Biden, the National Education Association (NEA) outlined its proposal that, while including sensible gun safety recommendations, focuses on truly preventive measures. These include greater access to mental health services, plus the infrastructure, training and programs that will ensure safe learning environments for the nation’s children.
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The National Education Association (NEA) today released the results of a poll of its members, showing educators support laws to prevent gun violence.
“The senseless tragedy in Newtown was a tipping point and galvanization for action,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “As educators, we have grieved too long and too often—for the children killed, their families and heroic educators. Now more than ever we need to do what is necessary, including enacting stronger laws to prevent gun violence, to make sure every child in our nation’s public schools has a safe and secure learning environment.”
- Educators overwhelmingly support stronger laws to prevent gun violence. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of NEA members polled feel gun laws in the U.S. should be made stricter, compared to 7 percent who believe they should be less strict.
- NEA members polled support background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips.
- 90 percent of NEA members favor a proposal to require background checks before people can buy guns at gun shows or from other private sellers, including 85 percent who strongly back this proposal.
- 76 percent of NEA members support a proposal to ban the sale and possession of military-style semi-automatic assault weapons to everyone except the police and military, including 70 percent who strongly favor this proposal.
- 69 percent of NEA members back a proposal to ban the sale and possession of high capacity magazine clips, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded, including 64 percent who strongly support this proposal.
- America’s educators resoundingly reject the notion of arming school employees. Only 22 percent of NEA members polled favor a proposal to allow teachers and other school employees to receive firearms training and allow them to carry firearms in schools, while 68 percent oppose this proposal (including 61 percent who strongly oppose it.)
Click here to view NEA’s recommendations to Vice President Biden’s task force on preventing gun violence.
President Obama is scheduled to publicly announce his gun-safety proposals with the new recommendations from the task force tomorrow at 11:45 a.m.