President Trump used a Saturday morning tweet to emphasize his conviction that school shootings will end if we train and arm school teachers and staff.
Trump proposed arming teachers on February 21 and has reiterated the proposal every day since.
On the 23rd he spoke at CPAC, and the Daily Mail reported that he also emphasized that we know firsthand the death and mayhem that results when teachers are denied the ability to be armed. He said, “When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones it just puts our students in far more danger.” He explained that it does not have to be that way; that teachers love their students and, because of that love, will defend their students if armed.
On the 24th Trump tweeted:
Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again – a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
No teachers were armed when the February 14 attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School occurred. As a result, Nikolas Cruz had a number of minutes without armed resistance and was able to kill 17 people.
A CNN report claims four Broward County sheriff’s deputies were outside the school while the attack was occurring, but none of the deputies went inside to confront Cruz. Armed teachers could have protected students while deputies were outside doing nothing.
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