June 17, 2022 10:00am

What's the answer to school shootings?

From gun control to school security

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent
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In the wake of a massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, people across America have been talking about what shold be done to stop school shootings. Proposed solutions range from gun control to school security.

We asked our Power Poll Baton Rouge members what solutions they supported.

Louisiana may be a conservative, pro-gun state, but our respondents firmly supported stricter gun laws. There was overwhelming and strong support both for restricting what kind of guns can be sold, like banning assault-style weapons or high-capacity magazines, and for tougher rules on who can get guns, like more rigorous background checks and waiting periods.

We asked our respondents what they thought of placing more armed police officers or security guards in schools. Support was less intense, but responses were generally positive.

There was one solution we proposed that our respondents definitely did not support: Arming teachers and school staff.

But there was broad support for less potentially deadly school security measures, like metal detectors and single points of entry.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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