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Gun Debate: Arm teachers or change gun laws?

Posted at 10:15 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 23:15:02-05

People all over the country are looking for solutions following the school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and many are talking about the idea of arming teachers with guns.  

President Donald Trump brought it up Wednesday during a listening session about gun safety with those who've lost loved ones in school shootings.  

Andrew Pollack, a father, who lost his daughter in the Parkland, Florida shooting questioned how the nation can protect its airports, but not its schools.

"My daughter has no voice, she was murdered last week, she was taken from us, shot nine times on the third floor.  We as a country failed our children.  This shouldn't happen," said Pollack.

The president brought up the possibility of arming some teachers with guns.

"I really believe that if these cowards knew that the school was well guarded from the standpoint of having pretty much professionals with great training I think they wouldn't go into the school to start off with. I think it could very well solve your problem," Trump said.

Wisconsin's Attorney General thinks each school district should be able to choose, putting the Department of Justice in charge of training.  Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday said arguments on both sides need to be looked at closely.

"It doesn't mean we couldn't do it.  I just think we want to make sure that it's not just a spur of the moment, but that we really look at the details and measure the pluses and minuses," Walker said.

In a statement, the President of Milwaukee's Teacher Union said:

"...It is completely irrational and irresponsible for anyone to suggest that teachers should be carrying firearms in the classroom to confront potential school shooters.  Enough is enough. Lawmakers are failing us. We can't wait any longer for them to listen to the voices of students and educators. We need common-sense gun laws right now!..."

A parent of a Sandy Hook victim agreed.  

"School teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life," said Mark Barden, whose son was killed in Newtown, CT shooting.