Walker Shifts Position in Reaction to School Shootings

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) now says he's against arming teachers. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) now says he's against arming teachers. |  Photo: State of Wisconsin

Created: March 01, 2018 12:05 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is shifting his approach in the wake of the latest school shooting that comes in an election year.

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Walker reacted to past school shootings by remaining open to the possibility of arming teachers, while emphasizing the need to bolster mental health treatment and not stricter gun control measures.

But two weeks after the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead, Walker this week came out against arming teachers. Instead, Walker said he was working with lawmakers on a package of school safety bills for them to take up this spring.

Walker has signed a number of pro-gun bills into law, has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and has received $3.5 million in donations from them.

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