Teachers, faculty, professors, and adminstrators: Pledge NOT to carry a weapon--resist the arming of teachers/administrators.
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I started this petition in 2012 in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook. At that time some politicians in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and other states were calling for arming teachers and administrators in our schools. Presently, eight states allow, or don't specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We want our students to be safe but think this approach is a misguided response to gun violence. There is evidence that the presence of metal detectors and armed police do little to assure the safety of our students, but make students more anxious and fearful. Arming teachers and administrators will only add to this anxiety. We support the reasonable gun control legislation along the lines of what is being proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif).
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