Left-leaning Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” that improving school security — rather than restricting gun rights — should be the nation’s top priority.
Dershowitz, however, did agree with host Piers Morgan that arming school teachers isn’t the solution.
“There are better ways of addressing school safety,” Dershowitz said. “Look, I recently was in Congress and in the White House. And to get into any of those buildings, you have to go through one door first, and it locks behind you. Then you have to go through another door, and you get tested for metal and everything else. Our schools should be as safe as our Congress.”
Although CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin bristled at the suggestion, Dershowitz held fast.
“Look at buildings — you go to visit a law firm today, you can’t just walk up to see the partner,” Dershowitz said. “You have to go and present ID. It’s the reality of life. It’s far less restrictive of freedom if we have that than if we start locking people up based on suspicion, start controlling video games, start tinkering with the Second Amendment in its broadest sense. I think there are things we can do to make our schools safer, and they will require compromises with convenience. But we have to make our schools safer.”