President Donald Trump advocated arming teachers as the best way to enhance school safety. But what do teachers think of the idea? This episode combines a review of the first major nationwide survey of teachers taken after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, plus the voices of real teachers explaining their perspectives. Listen to teachers talk about how safe they feel at school and how they think the nation should address the problem of gun violence -- other than arming themselves. Later, as the U.S. unemployment rate hovers at a record low, has the percentage of Americans who worry about joblessness fallen, too?
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Most U.S. teachers are opposed to arming school teachers and staff as a way to prevent casualties in school shootings. Nearly one in five teachers would choose to carry a gun at school.
U.S. school teachers overwhelmingly say stricter gun laws and bans on assault weapons are the best ways to prevent future school shootings.
In the U.S., 40% of teachers say their schools are not well protected from potential shooters gaining entry.