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DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent shootings have President Barack Obama calling for stricter gun laws.

Here in Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad says now is not the time to talk about it. He told reporters Monday President Obama should use this as a time to bring Americans together, like President Bush did after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The governor was also asked if teachers and staff at schools should be allowed to carry weapons.

“That’s a very controversial issue. And I’m not going to wade into it. It just divides the country,” Branstad replied.

The governor says he’s not planning to change any of Iowa’s current gun laws.