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Mixed reaction to idea of arming teachers

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President Trump called for teachers to bear arms this week during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

He said armed teachers could help make our nation’s schools “harder targets” for potential shooters.

“So this crazy man who walked in wouldn't even know who it is that has it,” said President Trump. “And the teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened.”

That type of proposal isn’t new to Arizona. State lawmakers have introduced similar bills in the past, but the legislation has always failed.

The topic, however, never fails to gain mixed reaction. Some parents believe their children would be safer if their teachers are trained to carry a firearm.

In Ohio, one local sheriff said demand for gun training among teachers has skyrocketed.

“I had 300 teachers in less than eight hours that want to be trained in firearms and want to have guns,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

But the head of Tucson’s teachers’ union, Jason Freed, believes additional funding can help solve the issue of school violence, not additional guns.

“Arizona has cut spending on public education by over a billion dollars in the last decade,” he said. “Those cuts look like having less monitors, less security personnel. If we want safety for our kids, vote in people who are going to fund public education.”

Governor Doug Ducey also weighed in on the issue this week, saying he believes guns in schools belong in the hands of school resource officers- not teachers. 

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