Florida governor breaks with Trump on arming teachers
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Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is breaking with President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport 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 NelsonSupreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda NASA's sudden interest in Venus is all about climate change Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio 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.

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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 RubioHaley courts Republicans after losing Trump's favor Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal MORE.