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Monday numbers – A closer look at what teachers think about about guns

[1]Last month, in response to the latest in a series of mass shootings in American schools, some lawmakers suggested arming North Carolina teachers [2]. Last week, pollsters at Elon University released the results of a poll in which they asked North Carolina teachers [3] about the issue.

Today, we present some numbers from that poll and gun-related numbers from the 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting Data report [4] of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

78 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said it was a bad idea to allow teachers to carry guns in schools.

74 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said they would not carry a gun in school if allowed.

61 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said allowing teachers to carry guns in school would make them feel less safe.

68 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said guns carried by teachers in school would be likely to fall into the wrong hands.

69 percent
– The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said arming teachers would be a bad idea even if the number of teachers was limited and they underwent training.

99 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said they would favor ensuring background checks on all gun sales.

77 percent – The number of teachers in the Elon poll who said they would favor banning sales of  sales of semi-automatic high capacity rifles.

92 percent – The number of teacher in the Elon poll who said they would favor increased support for mental health funding.

298 – The number of known murders committed with handguns in North Carolina in 2016, as recorded by the SBI.

13 percent – The increase in that number between 2015 and 2016.

128 – The number of known murders committed using unspecified or undetermined types of firearms in North Carolina in 2016, as recorded by the SBI.

47 percent – The increase in that number between 2015 and 2016.

10,827 – The number of aggravated assaults committed with a firearm in North Carolina in 2016, as recorded by the SBI in 2016.

12 percent – The increase in that number between 2015 and 2016.