Vrain Valley officials reject Trump's armed teachers suggestion
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 23, 2018,
Feb 23, 2018, 10:37
Several school districts in OH and Texas with armed staff said Thursday they haven't had any incidents involving guns accidentally going off or being shot unnecessarily, a concern by some who don't want teachers armed.
A Parkland school shooting survivor delivered a harsh critique of her phone call with President Donald Trump, who reached out to her while she was recovering from her wounds in the hospital.
As calls for ATF to ban bump stocks mounted after the Las Vegas shooting, the agency initially said it could only reconsider their lawfulness if Congress amended existing laws or passed new legislation.
During the sit down, President Trump had a suggestion that perked the ears of everybody in the room, as well as everyone else watching online or on live TV. This is a key problem with conservative policies in America - they think that the way to reduce gun violence is to bring in more guns.
"The president estimated that 10 per cent to 40 per cent of school employees would be qualified to handle a weapon â€" he offered no data for the claim â€" and said he would devote federal money to training them. He said that "up 'til now nothing has quite fazed them. I think he thinks a drill that has a different name and is not, you know... the brand of it, frankly, doesn't frighten children might be a better way to approach it". A poll released this week by ABC News/Washington post says 42 percent of Americans believe teachers with guns could have prevented the Florida shooting.
In light of the Florida case and the January school shooting in Kentucky that left two dead and 18 injured, the Council of Chief State Schools Officers - made up of the top education leaders in all of the states - announced Thursday that it was convening a panel to focus on ways to improve school safety. Trump embraced gun rights on his campaign, though he supported some gun control before he became a candidate, backing an assault weapons ban and a longer waiting period to purchase a gun in a 2000 book.
Passive measures like active shooter drills may make teachers and students feel safer, but when the shooting starts they are about as useful as a Cold War duck and cover drill would have been in an actual nuclear attack.
Wayne LaPierre, vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, said Thursday that reactions like Weingarten's are expected after mass shootings.
"They do it for the love of the children and feeling like you'd need to be armed or have to carry". Just past year, we hosted the New England Regional Gun Summit right here at the Bolling Building to work with our neighboring cities and states on preventing the illegal flow of firearms into our city. Tell that to student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting, who have busted open the gun debate like no other group.
The only small glimmer of hope from this very bad episode is that young people across America have started to mobilise and have become motivated to seek real gun control law changes.
"I really want to see some increased regulation around semi-automatic weapons".
On Twitter many suggested it was "galling" Trump apparently needed speaking notes to act like a human being.
Some of the participants at the meeting indicated support for Mr Trump's idea of arming teachers.
Steve Todd, the father of a Southport High School senior and grandfather of a kindergarten student, said he has "no problem with it". Trump tweeted at 9:31 a.m. "We need to be preparing our lessons, not learning how to reload a gun". "We also have training requirements where they have to shoot every so often".