Virginians want armed guards in schools, but they also support some tougher gun laws, a new survey of registered voters finds.
Gun issues have moved to the forefront since last month’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The debate over whether stricter gun control would help prevent such tragedies is raging at the national level, as well as in many state capitals, and Vice President Biden was meeting with the National Rifle Association and several other interested groups Thursday.
In Virginia, which has emerged as a swing state in recent years, the views of elected officials and the general public have become increasingly complex, a development confirmed by the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
Putting armed guards in every school — an idea promoted by the NRA but scorned by gun-control advocates — is supported by 66 percent of registered Virginia voters and opposed by 29 percent, according to the poll.