Walden says he's 'pretty skeptical' about arming teachers
Oregon's lone Republican congressman doesn't see gun-toting teachers as a real solution to school shootings.
Rep. Greg Walden told Oregon Public Broadcasting he's "pretty skeptical" of the proposal floated by President Donald Trump and other conservatives.
"I want teachers to teach and I want security people to provide security," Walden told the radio station.
Walden also indicated that some local legislation could work on a nationwide level, including Oregon's gun confiscation law that allows judges to take away guns from those who are threatening immediate violence.
That idea "makes some sense," Walden said, according to a report by OPB's Jeff Mapes.
"I want to see how it all comes together," Walden continued. "But these are the kinds of ideas that I think could play out on a national basis. Because people who are a threat to themselves or others, the system as it is constructed today does not work very well."
The congressman's comments came during the Dorchester Conference, an annual meeting in Salem for the state GOP's leading lights.
Walden hasn't committed to voting for any particular piece of legislation, and he said he considers himself a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
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