'This Week' Transcript: Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Sen. Amy Klobuchar

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you don't think these states should mandate teachers carrying guns?

HUTCHINSON: No, I -- you think about a teacher. They go to educate these young people. They're not there to carry concealed weapons and provide that protection. They have to fulfill that role, and they do it very bravely sometimes, but I think it's much better to have a retired police officer or a retired military person who's been trained for sensitive environments that can provide the protection, an added level of security and other security measures, not just that. Let the teachers teach and let others protect.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I think that some people would agree with the idea of having armed security guards in the school if the community wanted it, but they would also say that at the same time, we have to have some commonsense restrictions on guns. You shouldn't have high capacity magazines that can shoot 30 bullets. Senator Manchin said that background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows, not just from registered dealers. What's wrong with those ideas?

HUTCHINSON: I think it takes away -- it -- whenever you pass those kind of laws, you think, well, we've done something. We've somehow made our children more safe, so you go home. I don't think the job is really accomplished anything if you take that approach.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why not do both?

HUTCHINSON: Because the children will still be unsafe.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not do what you're recommending and have gun control?

HUTCHINSON: Well, I don't think that's the solution. Congress can debate that. I will focus my energies not on the political side, but simply on the technical, security and safety side, and I think that that's going to accomplish more in helping our schools protect the children than anything else we can do.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, let's bring this back to the children and those victims in Newtown, because some of the families have now begun to speak out. I want to show Mark and Jacqueline Barden. Their little daughter -- their daughter was killed in Newtown, and here's what they had to say to Katie Couric.


MARK BARDEN: My daughter Natalie was interested in asking him if he could pass some kind of legislation so that the only people that had guns were military personnel and law enforcement, and if people needed guns for sport that they could go to a range and the guns would have to stay there. That was my 10-year-old daughter. That was all her own original thought.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She just doesn't understand how somebody could have access to walk into a school with this stuff.


STEPHANOPOULOS: I apologize. It was their son, but what do you say to the Barden family?

HUTCHINSON: I just say my heart goes out for you. It is an incredible grieving time for them, for the city of Newtown and our nation, and we look forward to getting their thoughts, as well as many others as we develop what we all want to do, which is better safety programs. We want to protect our children, and that's what we have in common together.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman, thanks for your time this morning.

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