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NC Congressman: Arming teachers ‘a terrible idea’, time to focus on gun violence research

Congressman David Price (NC-4) and a handful of his congressional colleagues are pressing Speaker Paul Ryan [1] to allow debate and a vote on legislation to provide adequate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research about gun violence.

Price, who is a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives, tells NC Policy Watch it’s long past due for Congress to repeal the Dickey Amendment that has blocked meaningful research into the nation’s gun epidemic.

Congressman Price sat down this week to chat with NC Policy Watch Director Rob Schofield about the need for federally-funded research. He also dismissed calls at the state [2] and national level [3] to consider arming teachers to make schools safer.

Click below to hear an excerpt from our weekend interview with the Congressman:

On Thursday, President Donald Trump sought to clarify his remarks about arming school teachers in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida shooting.

The president tweeted he would look at the possibility of concealed guns only for ‘gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best.’