The sheriff of the Florida county where last week’s school shooting took place came out against President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE’s suggestion of arming teachers, saying that “teachers should teach.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday that he doesn’t agree with the idea.

“I don't believe teachers should be armed. I believe teachers should teach,” Israel said.

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“But that's exactly what's wrong with this country. We have people in Washington, D.C., representatives, senators and legislators telling teachers what they should do without asking teachers, 'what do you want to do?'” he continued.

Israel made the comments after CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him about the decision to place armed deputies at schools in the county following the shooting.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBiden administration reviewing China genocide designation RNC chair says GOP will be neutral in 2024 presidential primary Puerto Rico officials hopeful of progress on statehood MORE (R-Fla.) also came out against the idea of arming teachers, saying it has some "practical problems."

Trump had suggested the idea at a listening session at the White House earlier Wednesday with survivors of the Florida high school shooting.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we're going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it. But the good thing is you're going to have a lot of [armed] people with that," the president said.