Majority of Parents with School-Aged Children Would Feel Safer with Armed Guards at School

by Sterling Beard

A majority of American parents with grade-school children say they would feel safer if their child attended a school with an armed guard, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they’d feel safer if their child attended such a school, against only 24 percent who say they’d feel safer if their child went to a school where no adult was allowed to own a gun. Fifteen percent weren’t sure.

The poll comes a week after Arkansas’s attorney general, Democrat Dustin McDaniel, said school districts in his state can’t employ teachers and staff as armed guards on campus because a state board that licenses private security agencies didn’t have the authority to allow them to do so. He did, however, say his ruling wouldn’t stop schools from contracting with private companies or using law enforcement as school-resource officers.