Florida governor breaks with Trump on arming teachers
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Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is breaking with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE on the idea of arming teachers to deter mass shootings following a school shooting in South Florida that left 17 people dead. 

"Let law enforcement do the keeping us safe, and let teachers focus on teaching," Scott reportedly said Friday, the same day Trump endorsed the idea of putting guns in teachers' hands at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Scott has long been expected to mount a 2018 Senate bid against Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSteyer brings his push to impeach Trump to town halls across the nation Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support MORE (D), but he has yet to announce whether he's running. The deadly shooting last week has thrust both Florida and gun policies back into the national spotlight.


Trump, who met this week with survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, said on Twitter that guns in the hands of "adept teachers with military or special training experience" could prevent future shootings. 

In a Friday speech at CPAC, the president said an armed teacher could have “shot the hell out of” the gunman behind the Parkland rampage. 

Scott, who has been criticized from the left for his "A+" rating from the National Rifle Association, also broke with the leading gun lobbyist group in proposing to raise the minimum age to purchase firearms in the state from 18 to 21. 

Teachers across the country have mocked the idea of handling weapons in their classrooms. The idea has also been rejected by GOP Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump replaces McMaster with Bolton as national security adviser Orlando March for Our Lives protesters to march to Rubio's downtown office, Pulse nightclub Lawmakers eye crackdown on China’s Confucius Institutes MORE.