President Donald Trump is hitting back on Twitter, one day after Trump held a listening session in the White House with teachers and students about the mass shootings that have plagued the nation. In the State Dining Room, Trump listened to a variety of people, including some survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as well as parents and educators. Trump agreed with the notion that arming some teachers in schools was something to be considered. After Trump agreed that a possible solution for preventing more deaths in school shootings could be to arm certain teachers with guns and use military veterans as security personnel, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, the notion received a big response online and beyond – and not all of the feedback was positive.
Certain teachers did not like Trump’s idea of arming educators with guns in schools, as reported by the Huffington Post. Educators called for more effective solutions that did not involve bringing more guns into schools, but urged solutions that prevented people who want to kill children and teachers from getting guns in the first place. After the backlash, Trump took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about teachers and guns.
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
As seen in the above tweet, published to Trump’s Twitter account on Thursday, February 22, at 7:26 a.m., Trump wrote that he never said, “give teachers guns.” Trump went on to call CNN and NBC “fake news” and clarified that he stated looking at the option of allowing 20 percent of teachers – “only the best” – to carry concealed guns into schools.
....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Trump spoke of arming teachers who were adept at shooting, with “military or special training experience,” in order to “immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.” Trump went on to write that teachers with a high amount of training could deter “cowards” that wreak havoc and cause violence in school and could represent “far more assets at much less cost than guards.”
Trump went on to criticize the notion of gun-free schools and wrote that school shootings last approximately three minutes on average, while it takes emergency personnel anywhere from five to eight minutes to arrive at the site of a crime.
....History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
....If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there...problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018