Rubio: Arming Teachers ‘Has Practical Problems,’ I’m Also Not ‘Comfortable’ With it as a Parent

During a town hall on CNN on Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed opposition to President Trump’s suggestion of training and arming teachers, saying he has practical issues with the proposal, and that as a parent, he’s not “comfortable” with the proposal.

Rubio stated, “I don’t support that. And I would admit to you right now, I answer that as much as a father as I do as a senator, the notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I’m comfortable with. Beyond it, I think it has practical problems, and I’ll share what they are. And this is really about the safety of the teachers as much as anything else. Imagine in the middle of this crisis, and the SWAT team comes into the building, and there’s an adult with a weapon in their hands, and the SWAT team doesn’t know who is who, and we have an additional tragedy that was unnecessary. And so, I understand how some people are saying that, and I’m not belittling them, but as a father, and as someone who has talked to plenty of teachers, including the three in my family, and the assistant principal in my family, I don’t think that would be a good idea, in my view.”

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