Local educator reacts to Trump saying some teachers should be armed

Glen Norman
February 24, 2018

"I want certain highly adept people, people who understand weaponry", to have a permit to carry concealed guns in schools, Trump said during a White House sitdown with officials. "Let teachers focus on teaching".

LaPierre said Thursday that those in favor of tighter gun laws "want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America's mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Friday morning before leaving for CPAC 2018, the president spoke to reporters. "That's like, 'Here I am, take me.' We have to get smart on gun-free zones", the president said. The next day, the message got more complicated as presidential ally Wayne LaPierre, leader of the National Rifle Association, slammed gun-control backers at the annual conservative conference CPAC. "It can't only be defense".

But, schools across the country could potentially no longer be gun free zones for the protection of children.

"But there was no scenario where we were suggesting to him, or needing to remind him, how to react to something emotionally, and if we had, he would have looked at us like we were insane people", she said. "This person that did this disgusting act, he was mentally deranged and everybody knew it for a long period of time", he added.

In an apparent contradiction, Trump also suggested having armed guards outside the school, calculating that a school as large as Marjory Stoneman Douglas would need 150 guards to defend it.

Many participants, such as Grace Guishard, a second-grade teacher in Maryland, posted requests for more school counselors and social workers. The president commented as he opened a school safety discussion at the White House with state and local officials from around the country. But the president didn't provide a price tag or propose how school districts with limited resources would pay for it.

Trump at the CPAC adds to the diverse programming featured on Newsmax TV, America's fast-growing news and information channel, carried in more than 40 million USA satellite and cable homes.

In the 48 hours since they started the hashtag, Bertels and Wheaton said that more than 5,000 educators have joined in, with hundreds more participating every hour.

"The problem is that risky people have very easy access to very unsafe weapons", said Eskelsen Garcia.

Trump fans could credibly perceive the event as a display of democracy - meeting face-to-face with the people affected and soliciting their ideas. "I don't think anyone should have it".

"Am I supposed to get extra training now to serve and protect on top of educate these children?"

But this week he's expressed support for policies the NRA opposes, including raising the age limit to purchase weapons like the AR-15.

However, his tweets didn't go down well with people on social media, and he had to face many brickbats again.

"I'm not here to debate, but I lost my sister", said Hunter Pollack, whose sister Meadow was killed in last week's shooting. "They don't want their students to be killed or to be hurt".

"A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened", Trump said.

He was responding to a question on the progress made in President's (Trump's) South Asia Policy which was announced in August past year.

Trump argued that his administration has kept his campaign promises, boasting as he often does that he "had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency".

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