It seems as if, even in the most tragic of events, President Donald Trump’s understanding of social issues and political action is immensely skewed. Not only has he disregarded the outcry from students and advocates around the country about the need for more gun control laws, his unwavering rhetoric continues to support the very same gun lobbies that have hindered the federal government in establishing these reforms. However, his latest remarks regarding how to deal with school safety issues take things to an entirely new extreme, suggesting that an increase in guns would somehow reduce the level of violence that occurs on campuses.
On Wednesday, during his listening session with survivors of the Florida school shooting and family members of victims, Trump played with the notion of implementing a policy that would allow teachers to be armed on campus, as a means of preventing the onset of future school shootings. Not only is the proposal of allowing more firearms to enter onto school grounds entirely ludicrous, it is a clear indication that the Trump administration has no intention of enacting more restrictive gun laws, but rather, perhaps loosening the already non-existent gun regulations.
Arm the teachers? What is WRONG with these people at Trump's listening session?
I was a classroom teacher for 25 years, believe me, teachers who are overworked and underpaid CAN NOT be responsible for solving the enormous gun violence epidemic in America.#ParklandStudentsSpeak
— I was told there'd be cake, not Nazis. (@DavidGMcGreevy) February 21, 2018
According to a CNN article, when attempting to make his point about allowing teachers to carry firearms on campus, Trump claimed that:
‘If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly. This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone. Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is “let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.”‘
Trump's proposal during his "listening session" to arm teachers and bring more guns into our schools is beyond preposterous. That's like saying the solution to lung cancer is to smoke more cigarettes. #ParklandStudentsSpeak
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 21, 2018
The justification given by Trump is not only deeply flawed, in that there is no evidence to assert that shooters only target gun-free zones nor that a teacher could absolutely end the attack, but it also provides insight into never-ending support for the gun lobbies. The notion of arming teachers at schools can be traced to a reform that has long been advocated for by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the same interest group that has funded primarily GOP lawmakers to maintain lax and unrestricted gun laws.
WHAT THE F ARE THESE PPL SUGGESTING?
These ppl were obviously vetted to reflect exactly what Trump & the NRA wants!
ARM GUIDANCE COUNSELORS?
ARE U FUCKING KIDDING ME?
THE NRA WANTS THESE CONTRACTS TO SELL GUNS TO SCHOOLS!
— cryborg (@cryborg) February 21, 2018
Those at the listening session were quick to strike down Trump’s suggestion, claiming that shooters who commit such actions understand their fate as being killed or committing suicide, as well as reiterating that teachers need not have an extra burden of using lethal force in the case of a shooting.
As students around the country rise up in solidarity with the Florida shooting victims and survivors and demand that comprehensive action be taken by the government to implement more restrictive gun laws, it is clear that the administration has not heard their concerns. Rather, Trump’s proposal to arm teachers only sheds light on an unwillingness to waver in support of gun lobbies, and instead enact legislation that would further increase safety concerns and gun violence issues around the country.
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