We’re nearing the second week of the gun violence controversy and the White House is still looking for ways to pacify the media and the NRA. However, in President Donald Trump’s latest briefing, which was attended by a few students and teachers affected by gun violence, he made a strong stance for maintaining the status quo of the Second Amendment.
The briefing, which lasted less than an hour, focused on Trump addressing the issue of school shooting at Stoneman Douglas, according to CNN.
Students and teachers shared their experiences and their fears. One student said the president should listen to different opinions and ways of solving gun violence. Another teacher shared his knowledge and experience throughout the years dealing with students and the school system. He said he brought a book filled with students’ emails claiming they want to commit suicide. He acknowledged that this has become a constant affair for schools and suggested that the president should focus on “connectedness” instead of “diversity” or “unity.”
Trump, after hearing all their comments and stories, proposed his own way of solving gun violence in schools. Trump talked about one of the coaches present during the shooting. He said that if he would’ve had a gun with him, he would not have run.
“That coach was very brave… saved a lot of lives, I suspect. But, if he had a firearm he wouldn’t have to run, he would’ve shot and that would’ve been the end of it.”
Trump furthered explain his proposal saying the schools should have a balanced ratio of teachers who will be trained to carry guns and those who will be allowed to.
“This would obviously be for people who are very adept at handling a gun,” Trump stated.
The “concealed carry” suggestion, according to the president, would require teachers to go under a special training. At the same time, schools will no longer be a gun-free zone because “gun-free zone to a maniac… [means] ‘let’s go in and let’s attack!'”
Trump reasoned the gun-free zone areas only encourage “coward” shooters because they know that nobody would fire back. Trump said this point would be further discussed in his administration.
I'm a scientist. I'm telling you bluntly: we can't fix what we can't measure.— Jess Phoenix (@jessphoenix2018) February 22, 2018
We need the CDC to study gun violence. Congress needs to help them do that. #science #GunReformNow https://t.co/MAoUDbqFzO
You’ll note that all NRA-sponsored politicians suggest gun violence solutions that involve more guns being bought and sold. I wonder why that is ????— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 22, 2018
In shooting after shooting, friends and families have seen the warning signs that the shooter may commit an act of violence. I’ve introduced a bill that would help states that want to create a legal avenue for families to obtain gun violence prevention orders. #StudentsStandUp— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 22, 2018
However, according to Reuters, parents, teachers, and students affected by gun violence over the past years have already spoken against Trump’s plan. Some say that this is the opposite of what they would like to achieve. Instead of preventing guns on campus, the schools would now be a place where teachers have their own concealed weapons.
Mark Barden, father of a boy killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said that his wife, a teacher, “will tell you that school teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life.”
So far, Trump’s administration has yet to create a sound resolution to gun violence.