Mark Barden who is still mourning the horrific loss of his 7 year old son Daniel, in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, spoke out today at the White House to an audience of President Trump and others, including students and parents of last week’s Parkland, Florida massacre. The President called for a plan to arm teachers and school staff with weapons. Some in attendance seemed to consider the idea plausible according to CNN.com

Mark Barden who is also the founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, a non profit organization aimed at the prevention of deaths due to gun violence, opposed that plan, and got some applause for his opinion, which he eloquently stated before the president:

School teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life… [Shooters are] not going to care if someone's there with a gun…that's their plan anyway.

Mark Barden detailed how he is married to a schoolteacher himself, and understands the scope of the situation through his wife’s viewpoint as well as being the father of a victim.

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