Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 25, 2018,
Feb 25, 2018, 11:26
In the almost two weeks since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, students have taken a stand and called for increased gun control laws.
Trump also reiterated his calls for arming more teachers and other adults working in the nations' schools, something LaPierre also called for.
He says the district needs the guardian program to keep students safe because Cooke County is so large (it's nearly 900 square miles and runs from just north of Dallas to the Oklahoma state line) it could take sheriff's deputies several minutes to respond to something like a shooting at the school. He endorsed more stringent background checks for gun buyers, and ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire "bump stock" devices. But in the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, the idea of arming teachers continues to divide educators, parents and the public in search of a solution.
Among the group were six students who survived the recent shooting at a high school in Florida, as well as a father who lost his daughter.
Sir, - I was shocked to hear the United States president, at 'his "listening session" regarding that horrific atrocity at the high school in Florida, say that the USA may consider training and arming teachers with guns.
Schumer said Trump has previously broken with the NRA and supported gun restrictions, but then reversed himself.
"Just like you, we want our country back", the telegenic 28-year-old said, expressing solidarity with Trump's nationalist policies. "Government does not have to be slow or lethargic, and when it comes to protecting our schools and our kids, we need to be swift and decisive".
In the halls of CPAC, talk often turned to guns - and, importantly, how to respond to the latest slaughter at the hands of a rifle-wielding madman. "20 percent of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions, '" he tweeted. "Me and my friends, we get scared when a vehicle drives by anywhere".
"It's a freakish fact that in this country our jewelry stores all over this country are more important than our children, our banks, our airports, our National Basketball Association games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians, they are all more protected than our children at school", he said. "I hear you" was written in black marker.
Long supported by the National Rifle Association, the president has sought to maintain his backing among gun rights activists even as he has called for strengthening background checks and raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles in the wake of the mass killing. The NRA has forcefully lobbied against stricter laws on firearms. "Adding more guns to schools may create an illusion of safety, but in reality it would make our classrooms less safe", said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers union.
The organization's Wayne LaPierre also emphasized the organization's project called National School Shield.
The president also shifted blame from guns to violent movies and video games. "Do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children?"
"Arming teachers is inane and insane - a sure path to reckless and panicky shooting, gun theft, and other deadly dangers. I want to feel safe at school". "And I'm pissed - because my daughter - I'm not going to see again". In fact, a bill passed by the House in December would make it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he was skeptical the president would follow though.
Wayne LaPierre's speech was nothing new for him, or for the NRA.