Poll: Parents Don’t Support Gun Protests

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 31, 2018   

Most Americans want children to stay in school

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A majority of parents are standing against a proposal to keep their children home from school in protest against guns.

A new Rasmussen poll published Thursday is showing that only 39 percent of American adults support pulling their kids from school a few days after Labor Day to pressure the government to pass stricter gun laws.

On the other hand, 51 percent are against the proposal, and 10 percent are undecided. The proposal was suggested by former education secretary Arne Duncan, who floated the idea in the aftermath of the killing of eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18.

"I know it would be very difficult," Duncan said. "It's counter to everything I've talked about all my life of trying to get kids to school and to stay in school, but I just think as a nation we're at a breaking point and we just cannot continue to allow our children and our adults to die due to senseless gun violence."
Duncan pushed his idea in response to a tweet from the former assistant secretary of education, Peter Cunnigham, who tweeted that "maybe it's time for America's 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws."
The sample size for the survey was 1,000 American adults and was conducted between May 28–29, which found 58 percent of adults with elementary or secondary school-aged children oppose the idea of pulling their kids out of school to protest gun violence.
This figure aligns with 64 percent of parents with school-aged children who are at least concerned that this day of protesting would take away needed classroom time, including 41 percent who said they are very concerned.
And among all adults sampled, 61 percent are concerned protests would take away needed classroom time for students, with 38 percent very concerned.
58 percent of adults with elementary or secondary school age children oppose the idea of pulling their kids out of school to protest gun violence.

This follows upon another Rasmussen poll published days after the killing of 14 high school students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

That survey found 41 percent of Americans believe stricter gun control laws would decrease the number of mass shootings in the United States. And 40 percent think that treating mental illnesses will help prevent a future shooting.

But most fail to mention mass shootings are a symptom of the underlying problem of fatherless homes. Since the 1960s, the number of school shootings has skyrocketed.

Of the 27 deadliest U.S. mass shootings since 1949, Grove City College professor Paul Kengor discovered that "perhaps only four shooters (at most) of the 27 might have come from families where the biological parents remained together." And of those four cases, the others were marked by a "frequently absent father" or general "dysfunction."

And in his new book The Boy Crisis, Dr. Warren Farrell observed that "the rate of mass shootings has tripled since 2011," with "guns, violence in the media, violence in video games and poor family values" being blamed.

"Each is a plausible player," he wrote. "But our daughters live in the same homes, with the same access to the same guns, video games, and media and are raised with the same family values. Our daughters are not killing. Our sons are."

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