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Parkland Sheriff Slaps Down Trump’s Demand To ‘Arm Teachers’ To Stop Gun Violence — Watch:

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Parkland Sheriff Slaps Down Trump’s Demand To ‘Arm Teachers’ To Stop Gun Violence — Watch:

During a CNN town hall on Wednesday, Broward County Sheriff Steve Israel railed against President Trump’s suggestion of arming teachers, saying that he doesn’t agree with the idea because teachers are in school “to teach.”

“I don’t believe teachers should be armed. I believe teachers should teach,” Israel said.

“But that’s exactly what’s wrong with this country. We have people in Washington, D.C., representatives, senators and legislators telling teachers what they should do without asking teachers, what do you want to do?” he continued.

Israel’s remarks came after CNN host Jake Tapper asked him about the decision to place armed deputies at schools in the county in the wake of the shooting.

Trump had suggested the idea at a listening session at the White House earlier Wednesday with survivors of the Florida high school shooting.

“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we’re going to be looking at it 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. But the good thing is you’re going to have a lot of [armed] people with that,” the president said.

Nicole Hockley, the mother of a child who died in the Sandy Hook massacre felt compelled to respond.

Taking the microphone, she said:

“I appreciate the point on arming teachers,” she noted. “It is not personally something that I support. I would rather arm them with a knowledge of how to prevent the acts from happening in the first place.”

Watch Steve Israel, the sheriff of the Florida country where last week’s school shooting took place, respond to Trump’s idea of arming teachers:

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