A famous quote from John Heywood in 1596 says that “there are none so blind as those who will not see.” Fortunately for Heywood, he never got to meet the living embodiment of his most famous, lasting quote: President Donald Trump.
In Trump’s case, it’s more than just a refusal to see. It’s a refusal to see followed by a denial of a refusal to see and then a repeat of the refusal to see. Remember these tweets from just two short days ago?
Despite the fact that Trump’s assertions have been thoroughly debunked as potential solutions (which are really just attempts to sell more guns and even offer a federal taxpayer-paid bonus to teachers who purchase more guns), Trump just doubles down on his calls for that same solution even after furiously denying that he ever proposed the solution, anyway. How does anyone win an argument with someone like this?
While it won’t help bring Trump to his senses (if he has any), here goes: teachers have overwhelmingly stated that they do not want to carry guns in classrooms with children, four trained armed guards did not prevent 17 people from dying or 13 from being wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and did not serve as a deterrent to the shooter, common sense gun reform laws have worked in every other developed country, schools are not the only places where mass shooters attack and children go places besides just schools, and mass shooters are not deterred at the thought of losing their own life (very few have ever walked out of a mass shooting incident alive, anyway).
Trump will acknowledge none of those truths, but that does not make them less true.
Twitter tried to explain the same things to Trump in their comments to his tweet. See some of their best responses below:
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