Guns in School

AP U.S. Government and Politics

What portion of Republicans somewhat favor or strongly favor allowing teachers and officials to carry guns in K-12 schools?

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  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. In general, how would you describe the gap between Democrats and Republicans regarding gun policy proposals?

  3. Why is this?

  4. What is a consequence of this?

  5. Take our Survey: Do you personally strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing teachers and officials to carry guns in K-12 schools?

  6. How would you answer all the questions on this survey?

  7. How would allowing teachers to carry in your school impact your sense of safety and security and your ability to learn?

  8. What states already allow teachers to carry weapons at school?*

  9. Does your school allow teachers to carry weapons at school?

  10. Do you think students should be able to carry weapons at school?

  11. On which item in the poll above do democrats and republicans most agree?

  12. Has legislation preventing the mentally ill from purchasing guns been passed at a national level?

  13. Why or why not?

  14. Why do you think that students have taken the lead on this issue?

  15. There is an idea that young people are politically apathetic and lazy. Do you believe that is true?

  16. Let's say that you wanted to make a difference in gun legislation (either for stricter gun control or less strict gun control). What would be some politically efficacious actions that you could take to achieve your goals?

  17. There are a number of walkouts planned over the next few weeks: (list here) What is your opinion of them?

  18. Do you think students should be suspended for protesting gun deaths at school?

Learning Extension

Watch this town hall meeting where student confront political leaders about guns.


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Action extension

Learn about the student-led gun control protests. Walkout of school on March 14th or protest the walkout of school. Share images or descriptions of your school walkout (or protest) in class or online.




AP US Government and Politics

When gun ownership rates increase what happens to gun death rates?

AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What was the most surprising thing you learned in this chart?

  3. How does this information make you feel?

  4. What state has the highest percentage of gun ownership and the highest rate of gun deaths?

  5. What percent of New Yorkers own guns?

  6. Based on this chart, what generalizations can you make about the 11 former Confederate States and guns?

  7. What portion of Americans do you think would trade their 2nd Amendment rights in order to have a dramatically lower gun death rate?

  8. This chart illustrates the connection between guns and gun death in the states of the United States. What do you think the data looks like when we compare the U.S. to other countries?*

  9. What about the US political system causes us to have such an astronomically high gun related death rate?

  10. What about US political culture explains our acceptance of such exceptionally high levels gun death?

  11. Besides prayer, what could the US Congress do to reduce gun death rates?

  12. In your opinion, what should the US do to reduce gun death rates?

  13. The US has considerably less stringent firearms laws than the other countries listed in the chart. Why do you think that is?

  14. The Second Amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." If you were on the Supreme Court and were hearing a case involving a state that banned the sale or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to people under 21 would you rule that law in violation of the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment?

  15. Americans also have a much higher rate of mass shootings than any other country. See chart below.* Why do you think that is?

  16. In the comments section, describe how students at your school are reacting to the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

Visual Extension*

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Learning Extension

Check out these extremely comprehensive charts on guns in America from Vox and  Nick Kristof's incredibly rich graphics about guns in the US from the NYT.

Action Extension

Share your opinion on guns and mass shootings with the president at (202) 456-1111 or you can create a White House petition. Or discuss your opinion on mass shootings with one of your state's U.S. Senators or Member of the US House of Representatives. Call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


Over the next few days we will be analyzing visuals about American gun policy. There are a number of questions about guns policy that I have asked before and that I will continue to ask until gun regulations have been addressed at the state or national level. Tomorrow's topic: guns in school and school walkouts!