Public Sides With NRA on School Safety

Scott Rasmussen finds that most Americans, and especially most parents of school-age children, view the idea of armed guards in schools positively:

Fifty-four percent (54%) of American adults would feel safer if their child’s school had an armed security guard. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% would feel safer if their child attended a school where no adults were allowed to have guns. Another 20% are undecided.

Among parents of school-aged children, support for armed guards is even higher. Sixty-two percent (62%) of such parents would feel safer with an armed security guard at the school, while 22% would feel safer if their child attended a gun-free school.

Feeling safer and being willing to pay for all those armed guards–there are somewhere around 100,000 public schools in the United States–are two different questions, of course. My own view is that authorizing and systematically encouraging teachers, administrators and custodians to be trained and armed makes much more sense. But in any event, it is noteworthy that most Americans do not share liberals’ outrage at the suggestion that the cure for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.