President Trump Looks to Arm “Adept” Teachers to Deter “Sickos” with “Bad Intentions”

Following a listening session at the White House on Wednesday with survivors of the Parkland school shooting, President Trump suggested that arming teachers and school staff would help deter additional shootings. An idea that was supported by many in attendance.

On February 21, 2018, President Trump held the first of two listening sessions at the White House with survivors of the February 14 school shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

After the emotionally charged meeting, Trump again floated the idea of giving guns to teachers and school staff. The idea was supported by many in attendance, but will prove to be divisive across the country.

“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said.

President Trump went on to say that schools could arm up to 20% of teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try to attack students or teachers.

“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,” Trump said.

Trump added, “An attack has lasted, on average, about three minutes. It takes five to eight minutes for responders, for the police to come in, so the attack is over. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly.”

But it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, it has emerged that an armed security guard was on site, but he didn’t get the opportunity to confront Nikolas Cruz.

(Related article: President Trump’s Reaction to the Florida High School Shooting)

President Trump Doubles Down on Arming Teachers in Tweetstorm

On Thursday, February 22, President Trump reiterated the suggestion that arming 20% of teachers would be a “great deterrent.” In fact, according to Trump, arming teachers would put an end to all school attacks.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, Trump tweeted:

A few minutes later he added:

A little later, Trump tweeted that he will urge a number of new gun law restrictions, including raising the age for purchasing firearms to 21 and ending the sale of Bump Stocks.

NRA Responds to Raising Age for Purchasing Firearms

The National Rifle Association (NRA), which has long been a supporter of Trump, rejected any notion of raising the age for buying long guns to 21.

“Legislative proposals that prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring rifles and shotguns effectively prohibits them for purchasing any firearm, thus depriving them of their constitutional right to self-protection,” the NRA said in a statement.

On Thursday, while addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland, Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, hit out at those seeking stricter gun laws.

“If these so-called European socialists take over the House and the Senate and god forbid they win the White House again our American freedoms will be lost forever, and the first to go will be the second amendment to the US constitution.”

LaPierre ended his speech by suggesting that the Parkland school shooting could have been prevented if “more had heeded my words” following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 students and six teachers. At the time LaPierre called for more security in schools.

“To stop a bad guy with a gun it takes a good guy with a gun,” he said.

Donald Trump Parkland Shooting Listening Session

Donald Trump Meets with Parkland Shooting Survivors Listening Session; Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images