Ex-NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly slams Trump's idea to arm teachers

Former NYPD top cop Ray Kelly took to the air waves on Sunday to reject President Trump's idea to arm teachers in schools.

"Teachers should teach. Law enforcement should protect," the former police commissioner said on John Catsimatidis's show "The Cats Roundtable."

Kelly, who spent nearly 50 years climbing the ranks of the NYPD, also said he was "certainly encouraged" to see that Trump was willing to discuss reform measures such as raising the age at which a person can purchase a gun to 21 and mental illness screening.

"He even talked about — which surprised me — the possibility of an assault-weapons ban. The President is a powerful force, a powerful voice," Kelly said. "The fact that he was open to discussing such ideas, I think, was encouraging. The public wants something done. The horrific events in Parkland… have really galvanized a lot of support for action."

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Cameron Kasky, 17 and Jaclyn Corin, 17, make announcments from a car rooftop before fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas students board buses to Tallahassee, Fla. to speak with Florida legislators about gun control on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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Kelly argued that schools should leave the job of protecting students up to professional law enforcement agencies. "I know there's been a discussion about arming teachers," he said. "As a general policy, I would say no."

The former commish proposed a multi-faceted approach to keeping schools safe, including active-shooter drills.

"There's no single solution. This is a complex problem," Kelly added. "I think a series of things, sort of a layered approach, can be very helpful to forestalling these types of events or responding more effectively if, God forbid, they happen."

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