Teachers with Guns: Firearms Discharges by Schoolteachers, 1980 – 2012

By: Sarah A. Buck, Erica Yurvati, & Dallas S. Drake

Following the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association proposed arming schoolteachers as a means of confronting and preventing such tragedies. The Center’s study identifies 30 instances prior to the proposal that involve a schoolteacher discharging his/her weapon, though not necessarily on school grounds. Most incidents involved intentional, unlawful discharges.

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