Would arming teachers make schools safer? ‘To be honest, I don't know,’ Ivanka Trump says

The president in recent days has repeatedly called for arming about 20 percent of teachers with concealed weapons.


Ivanka Trump said Sunday that she doesn't know whether arming teachers with concealed weapons, as her father advocates, would makes schools safer and said the idea needs further discussion. 

President Donald Trump's daughter, who serves as a senior adviser in the White House and is in South Korea, where she attended the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, was asked by NBC News if arming teachers would make children safer. 

"To be honest, I don't know," she said. "Obviously there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our schools." 

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed the case for arming about 20 percent of teachers and other school personnel, arguing that it would be a major deterrent to gunmen like the one who killed 17 people in South Florida. In a tweet Saturday, he called the idea "a big & very inexpensive deterrent" and said it should be left to the states to decide whether to pursue the strategy. 

Ivanka Trump told NBC's Peter Alexander: "I think that having a teacher who is armed, who cares deeply about her students or his students, and who is capable and qualified to bear arms is not a bad idea, but it's an idea that needs to be discussed."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor
New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

Five Democrats running for governor, from left: Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is clinging to a within-the-margin-of-error polling lead over former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the five-candidate...
Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker
Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Kathy Manning, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, is airing a new TV ad in which she declares that she will not back Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for speaker, becoming the latest candidate to buck her party's House leader.  Manning, who is running against Rep. Ted Budd, R, in the Republican-leaning district...
Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando
Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Andrew Gillum hopes to tap into some of the Berniemania that was on display in Miami last year when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appearance. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got shellacked by Hillary Clinton in Florida’s 2016 presidential primary. But...
Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet
Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others, in a violation of the company’s rules against inciting violence.  The action effectively prevents Jones from tweeting...
The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric
The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

 The call to arms came in the form of a memo.  Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, reached out to editorial boards at other newspapers last week.  “We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing...
More Stories