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Survey shows views on gun control, arming teachers and how people feel about their own safety

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) released survey results from the public on their views on a range of topics, legalizing marijuana, police shootings, gun control laws and guns in schools.

This is the sixth annual poll conducted by WPPA and this year the organization decided to add a question about whether people support arming teachers in the classroom -- a talking point that’s often brought up after a school shooting.

Just days after another shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, the conversation about gun control continues. According to the poll, close to 60 percent oppose teachers carrying guns in school with about 40 percent supporting it.

"Once we have a controversial incident and as soon as national news vehicles leave our communities, the public dialogue seems to leave and we want to make sure there's a vehicle for that to maintain and keep that there," said Jim Palmer, Executive Director of WPPA.

Arming teachers is not a solution the 50 Miles More Organization supports. The organization is mostly known for conducting a march from Madison to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office in Janesville.

"I’ve talked to my teachers and they don't want that responsibility, that is not their duty,” said Katie Eder, a student at Shorewood High School and organizer for 50 Miles More. “Their job is to teach and it's not to carry a gun and carry firearms."

The survey also asked if people should be allowed to carry a gun, under the concealed carry law, without any training.  Overwhelmingly 94 percent oppose people carrying a firearm without any training. Only six percent supported legally carrying without any training.

"There's so many different trainings and steps people need to take to own a gun, but the unfortunate part is that not everyone in the United States takes that incentive," said Eder.

Of the 400 people surveyed, some feel indifferent on whether the 2011 concealed carry law is making people feel safer.  Those who feel “less safe” increased by 17 percent from a 2017 study. 39 percent strongly agree it makes them feel safer, 21 percent somewhat and 32 percent feel less safe.

Palmer says the surveys can aim to create change.

"We are really trying to get an objective view and assessment about how people feel about law enforcement,” said Palmer. “What they think they should do about law enforcement and about how they should fund them."

This the sixth year the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has commissioned a statewide survey through the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute.

The survey was conducted by phone on February 26th - March 28th.

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