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Paul Ryan: Arming Teachers Should Be a Local Decision

Paul Ryan: Arming Teachers Should Be a Local Decision
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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 01:29 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday it's time for lawmakers to do something to help curb gun violence in America, but he pushed back on any sort of federal mandate that would require schools to arm teachers.

Ryan, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and other top members of the House GOP addressed reporters after their weekly conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol. Ryan was asked what lawmakers plan to do in the wake of the recent deadly Florida high school shooting, including the possibility of arming some teachers and staff members.

"That is really a question for local government, local school boards, local states," Ryan said. "As a parent myself and as a citizen, I think it's a good idea, but as speaker of the House, I think we need to respect federalism and respect local jurisdictions."

President Donald Trump has talked about the possibility of arming certain teachers in schools across America several times over the past week as he listens to stakeholders in the gun control debate.

Ryan noted that addressing mental illness is an important piece of the puzzle, along with figuring out why local and federal law enforcement seemingly ignored warning signs about the alleged Florida school shooter.

"We do know that there are gaps in the background check system that need to be plugged. We passed a bill to do that, and we think that should get done. Clearly," Ryan said.

"In this particular case, there were a lot of breakdowns, from local law enforcement to the FBI getting tips that they didn't follow up on to school resource officers who are trained to protect kids in these schools and who didn't do that."

Ryan later pointed to the violence in American society as another issue to examine.

"We also have to ask ourselves about the kind of culture that's creating these kinds of people," he said.

Scalise, who was nearly killed last summer when a man shot at lawmakers, staffers, and lobbyists during a baseball practice, said there are laws and procedures already in place that could have prevented the Florida shooting. Fourteen children and three adults were killed in that incident.

"As people are contemplating new laws, I think the most important thing we can look at is what about all the laws that are on the books that were not enforced, that were not properly implemented?" Scalise said. "I think what angers me the most is when I see breakdowns with law enforcement. The FBI had this guy's name on a silver platter."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday it's time for lawmakers to do something to help curb gun violence in America, but he pushed back on any sort of federal mandate that would require schools to arm teachers.
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