Albany Union president: Arming teachers 'Just doesn't make sense'

February 22, 2018 07:03 PM

ALBANY - President Donald Trump first floated the idea of armed teachers after a meeting with survivors from the Parkland, Florida massacre on Wednesday.  He repeated the call, on Twitter Thursday stating that gun free school zones are a magnet for those looking to hurt children.

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"It's not what we want to do.  We want schools to be safe environments for children and for children to learn and for us to teach," said Albany Public School Teacher Association President Laura Franz.

Mr. Trump believes knowing there are armed adults on a campus could be a deterrent. 

"I'm not advocating that teachers arm themselves. However if there are teachers who would like to after training, more power to them," believes the President of the New York State Rile and Pistol Association, Tom King.

The New York Sheriff's Association on Thursday proposed paying armed guards at every school in the state. Former military and law enforcement would make the most sense, added King.

"They could go through special training and be the security of the schools."

Banning assault weapons and increasing access to mental health care are the gun law changes Franz supports.

"We can't put more guns in schools.  We don't want guns in our schools at all. Adding more into that is just not sense making."

Vermont's Republican Governor, Phil Scott, recommended that legislators raise the gun buying age to 21 and provide $5 million in security grants to schools.



Abigail Bleck

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