Fox's Chris Wallace calls arming teachers and putting more guns in schools a commonsense solution to school shootings

Fox's Chris Wallace calls arming teachers and putting more guns in schools a commonsense solution to school shootings

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From the February 22 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime:

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HARRIS FAULKNER (HOST): Chris, I don't know if you could hear my initial remarks on all of this. Five-oh. Fifty minutes from this president. This is a hallmark for him now. This is how he's choosing to take on some of our nation's toughest issues as they happen in discussions like this. Effective? 

CHRIS WALLACE (HOST OF FOX NEWS SUNDAY): I think -- well, more important than effective, I think it has been terrifically productive in the sense that -- having covered a lot of presidents, generally speaking, rule 101 in a White House is you don't put a president in a situation where you don't know what's going to happen. And if you do, then you don't do it on camera, you don't do it publicly. And for him to be out there, not so much today because those were pretty friendly people, but yesterday with the parents, the teachers, relatives, kids at the schools, and not knowing what they were going to say and doing that in front of the whole nation I thought was really an inspiring piece of leadership. And what you can see yesterday and today is that he is trying to work through this process, to develop his thoughts and from what he says, he's talking to the NRA. He's talking to various senators. He's trying to build support on the state and the local level around a variety of ideas. And nobody's going to be entirely happy. There's some stuff in here that various people aren't going to like. But he's pushing for some commonsense solutions, and you heard them over and over again: gun -- school safety, harden the targets, give weapons to at least some of the teachers who have been properly trained, mental health, raising the age limit, better background checks, the possibility of red flag laws so that you can take away guns from people who are judged and with due process to be dangerous to themselves or the community. He is trying to put together a menu of ideas, and the interesting thing is just because he's going to favor this doesn't necessarily mean it's going to get through. He's going to have to fight like the dickens to get it through Congress, even a Republican-controlled Congress. And it is fascinating that he's really putting his neck out on the line to try to protect these kids. 

Related:

USA Today: Trump plan at odds with teacher #ArmMeWith movement

Previously:

Minutes after Parkland students discuss their planned march on Fox News Sunday, Rush Limbaugh mocks their efforts 

Right-wing media figures are blaming everything but guns for the Parkland shooting

Student survivors of Florida school shooting call out NRA and legislators pushing more guns in schools

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