WH: Administration Looking at ‘Every Possible Action’ We Can Take to Prevent School Shootings

Melanie Arter | February 27, 2018 | 9:12pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that the issue of whether to allow specially trained teachers to carry weapons on school grounds should be decided by local school boards.

"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,” Ryan said.

When asked Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s response of not having support from the Republican leader of the House, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Look, as we've said, this is something that will continue to be part of the discussion with state, federal, and local officials as well as law enforcement.

“The president is going to be meeting with bipartisan lawmakers tomorrow, and that will be another one of those topics discussed, and we'll have further specific policy announcements later this week,” she said.

“But without the support of Speaker Ryan, how can this get any traction in the House?” the reporter asked.

“Again, this is part of an ongoing conversation. It's something that the president still supports. It's something he knows that there are a lot of differing views on. It's one of the topics that we expect to come up tomorrow and we're going to continue having that discussion,” Sanders said.

She said the number one thing the administration is looking at is “every possible action that we can take that helps protect the safety and security of the schoolkids across this country.”

“We're going to look at everything we can. A lot of those things that you guys have brought up today will be part of the discussion tomorrow, and we expect to have some specific policy proposals later this week,” Sanders added.

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