Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast John Avlon said arming teachers to protect students from mass shootings would be too expensive and called the proposal “problematic,” on CNN’s New Day.
“Not only is it well outside their core competency and requires a lot of training, but that training costs money,” Avlon said Thursday. “And you’ve got a situation where a lot of teachers in this country buy homeroom supplies. So all of the sudden we’re going to be finding money for them to be trained up to use a weapon in a classroom full of kids.”
Avlon said the idea pleases some of the National Rifle Association members but would be divisive and would hurt more than it would help.
“It is a solution that is very satisfying for members of the NRA. To be fair, members in the audience suggested that to Donald Trump. Kind of teed it up. In the past he has denied that was the solution he was backing, but it’s what he gravitated to in his closing statement most,” Avlon concluded. “[Trump] is backing other initiatives … but this one is not only highly polarizing, it’s fundamentally problematic and could easily cause more problems than it solves.”
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