Gingrich says arming teachers only long-term solution to school shootings

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Tuesday argued that the only long-term solution to school shootings is to train teachers and administrators in the use of guns.

Gingrich offered the remarks in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“I think the only long-term solution, depending on the size of the school, is a minimum of six to eight teachers and administrators who are trained in the use of firearms and have conceal carry permits and are prepared to defend the kids,” said Gingrich, a Fox News contributor and former CNN “Crossfire” co-host. 

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“I thought the sheriff from Florida said it perfectly when he said we have experimented with the gun-free zone, it’s called a school,” said Gingrich, who served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999.

“Every school in the country is supposed to be a gun-free zone. If gun control worked, how come it didn’t work? We have to be realistic. We are not going to confiscate guns on the scale to make us a disarmed country.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE will host a “listening session” with high school students and teachers on school safety Wednesday in the wake of last week’s hooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. 

In addition to the president's listening session, CNN will host a live town hall event at 9 p.m. on Wednesday with parents and students from Parkland.

“Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” comes as many students at the school are calling on lawmakers to take action in an effort to stop future mass shootings.

The network invited President Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), Florida Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE (R) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTucker Carlson criticizes GOP for campaigning against Clinton: She ‘doesn’t run anything’ Senators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE (D), and Florida Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchWinter Olympians call for action on climate Bipartisan group of lawmakers condemn anti-Semitic attacks on Parkland students House Ethics calls on Farenthold to pay back K taxpayer-funded harassment settlement MORE (D) to the discussion.

Trump and Scott declined the invitation, while Rubio, Nelson and Deutch have agreed to participate.