- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2018

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Friday that arming teachers won’t prevent more violence.

“This idea that we’re going to be safer because we have more arms doesn’t work very well in Syria, doesn’t work very well in Iraq, and probably won’t work very well here. What we really need to do is have some sane laws,” Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, said on CNN.

“We are a very violent society, and we need to change,” Mr. Malloy said.

His state experienced its own tragedy with gun violence in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary, where a shooter killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults. The state passed its own gun laws in the aftermath of the tragedy, which the governor said has reduced gun violence.

“Since we passed our better gun legislation after Sandy Hook, we had the largest drop in violent crime of any state in the nation by one-third,” Mr. Malloy said.

The issue of gun violence is back in the political forefront after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead last week. The students from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School have capitalized on the movement, marching to the state capital in Tallahassee and pushing for a change in gun laws.

One solution, offered by President Trump, was to allow teachers to train and carry concealed weapons in schools. This suggestion has been met with criticism, but some educators have said they would like the option in their school. Some districts in Ohio and Texas already have this provision.

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