Joseph Gerth, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday endorsed the idea of arming school teachers and principals and again said he plans to file legislation that would block President Barack Obama's executive orders designed to limit access to guns.

"I think that self-defense is part of the solution," the Kentucky Republican told the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development.

Obama outlined a series of gun-related measures Wednesday in response to last month's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Paul said he believes teachers and principals who have concealed-carry permits should be allowed to carry guns in schools.

"If my kids were at that school, I would have preferred that the teacher had concealed-carry and had a gun in her desk," Paul told the group of about 75 people.

"Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe," he said. "But nobody (at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school) had any defense, and he just kept shooting until he was tired and he decided to shoot himself."

Paul said he doesn't know how to solve the nation's gun violence problem but he doesn't believe that Obama's plan, which includes ending the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines, will do it.

Furthermore, the Bowling Green Republican said he believes that several of Obama's executive orders go too far because, he said, they are essentially "legislation" that change existing law.

"I'm going to introduce a bill next week that says if an executive order is legislative then it will nullify it," he said.

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