A Republican politician argued teachers should not be armed in the wake of the Florida high school shooting - because most of them are women.
Alabama state representative Harry Shiver claimed that women "are scared of guns" and don't want to learn how to shoot.
Mr Shiver told AL.com he would probably abstain from voting on a bill that would allow trained teachers to carry guns on school campuses.
"I'm not saying all [teachers are women], but in most schools, women are (the majority) of the teachers," he said.
"Some of them just don't want to (be trained to possess firearms). If they want to, then that's good. But most of them don't want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.
"Most women wouldn't like to be put in that position. I know from South Alabama, they wouldn't."
Mr Shiver added: "I want to protect our ladies and I think the best way to protect them is to go against this bill."
Three quarters of public school teachers in America are women. It is estimated that 22 per cent of American women own guns.
Survivors of the massacre oppose any plan to give teachers guns and have called for stricter firearm controls.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill allowing some teachers to carry guns and raising the minimum age for rifle purchases from 18 to 21.
Earlier this week it was reported that a teacher accidentally fired a semi-automatic weapon at the ceiling, injuring three children.