At a meeting with mass-shooting survivors and parents of victims, President Trump has shown his support for arming teachers.
Donald Trump has suggested arming teachers of US schools, so they can stop would-be attackers in their tracks.
During an emotional ‘listening session’ at the White House — where survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre shared their first-hand accounts — President Trump told kids and parents that gun-free zones would only encourage shooters further, whereas gun-toting teachers could stem the violence.
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“A gun-free zone, to a maniac — because they are all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘Let’s go in and let’s attack,” Trump said.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he added, suggesting that 20% of a school’s teaching staff could be trained to carry concealed weapons.
A teacher who was adept at firearms… could very well end the attack very quickly.
“This would only be obviously for people who are very adept at handling a gun.”
The meeting was also attended by parents of the victims of other mass-shootings including Columbine and Sandy Hook.
Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was among the Stoneman Douglas victims, told Trump it was far too easy for people such as the 19-year-old shooter Nikolas Cruz to acquire weapons.
“I’m here because my daughter has no voice. She was murdered last week and she was taken from us, shot nine times,” he said. “We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen.
“We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies,” Pollack said. “I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school.”
It is quite an astounding about-turn from Trump, who earlier in the week showed some intent to tighten gun control laws.
He threw his support behind a ban of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at the rate of a fully-automatic firearm.
But these latest comments are two steps back, according to the advocacy group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“I’m honestly gobsmacked that the President just used a forum with gun violence survivors to pimp the @NRA’s priority legislation and to suggest arming teachers,” tweeted group founder Shannon Watts.
I’m honestly gobsmacked that the President just used a forum with gun violence survivors to pimp the @NRA’s priority legislation and to suggest arming teachers. Law enforcement are universally opposed to passing Concealed Carry Reciprocity. The NRA has tried to pass for 20 years.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 21, 2018