Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) pushed back against President Trump’s call to arm teachers with guns as a means of preventing school shootings, saying he has heard from a lot of teachers opposed to the idea who say “having to make the life or death decision of whether you have to shoot one of your students is a decision they don’t want to make.”
“It’s deeply controversial. What I’ve heard from a lot of teachers because we’ve been out of session this week is that the idea of them holding a gun and pointing it at one of their students and having to make the life or death decision of whether you have to shoot one of your students is a decision they don’t want to make,” Sanford told reporters on Monday.
“It may be appropriate in some places, at minimum I think it’s the decision that has to be made at the school board level, not at the Washington level, not even at the Columbia level. This is a decision that people have to make locally,” he added.
“So for some district in rural Texas, it might work, or maybe some part of Wyoming. But based on the feedback that I’ve gotten over the last week that I’ve gotten over the last week I’ve been home, it’s something that’s probably not going to fly in Lowcountry, South Carolina,” he continued.
The Hill added:
Trump originally floated the idea to arm teachers in school at a White House listening session last week in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this month.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, that could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump said. “We’re going to be looking at that very strongly. And I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it.”
The president then doubled down on the idea.
“He would never have run into the building if he thought bullets were going to come flying back into him,” Trump said in a Fox News Channel interview on Saturday.
“He left the building pretending he was a student. He didn’t want to get shot. If he thought there were people who could defend offensively that you could have some offensive power in there, he would have never ever gone into that school building,” he added.