Gallup: Americans Think Armed Police at Schools More Effective Than Assault Weapons Ban

Posted: Dec 20, 2012 7:55 AM

A new Gallup poll shows the majority of Americans believe armed police stationed at schools would be the most effective way to prevent and stop school shootings. They also believe spending more money on the mental healthcare system would help prevent another Sandy Hook.

Americans are most likely to say that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective in preventing mass shootings at schools. Americans rate the potential effectiveness of a ban on assault and semi-automatic guns as fourth on a list of six actions Gallup asked about.


It seems although the media is having a knee jerk reaction to the tragedy last week, Americans are looking for an effective long-term solution to preventing mass shootings.

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