In Response To Latest Shooting, Betsy DeVos Open To Arming Teachers

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Education Sec. Betsy DeVos indicated that arming and training teachers is one reasonable solution to school shootings.

During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicated arming and training teachers is one reasonable solution to the problem of school shootings in the United States.

“We've seen, you know, lots of finger pointing back and forth. But we need to have a conversation at the level where lawmakers can actually impact the future, because going back to and putting myself in the seat of one of those families impacted, you know, one of these shootings is one too many."

Asked about the possibility of arming teachers and providing them adequate training, DeVos said:

"I think this is an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle," she said during the interview. "They clearly have the opportunity and the option to do that. And there is, there are differences in how states approach this."

DeVos's remarks came after Wednesday's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a leading voice in the call for better firearms regulation, responded to DeVos's remarks with disagreement:

"There's zero evidence, empirical or anecdotal, that more guns leads to less gun crime," Murphy said in an interview on ABC's "This Week," following a Wednesday floor speech berating the Senate for inaction on gun control. "In fact, if you have a gun in your house, you are more likely to be shot by that gun than you are to use it on a perpetrator."
"It's a wonderful story for the gun lobby to tell that if you just load up schools with weapons you'll be safer," Murphy continued. "All of the evidence suggests that homes and communities that have more weapons have more gun crimes, not less."