Donald Trump Doubles Down: Armed Teachers a Critical Part of ‘Hardening’ Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the Federal Commission on School Safety report during a roundtable discussion with family members of shooting victims, along with state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on December 18, 2018 in …
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Donald Trump doubled down during a Tuesday White House meeting by stressing that armed teachers are a critical part of “hardening” schools in America.

Politico reports that while Trump’s School Safety Commission focused on “more coordination between schools and law enforcement,” including the possibility of using military veterans to guard schools, Trump remained focused on allowing willing, trained teachers to carry guns.

Trump noted how quickly an attack can unfold, noting that the speed at which it happens makes it “critical to have armed personnel available at a moment’s notice.”

He added, “These are people, teachers in many cases, that are the highest trained that you can get. People that are natural to firearms. People that know how to handle them. People that have great experience, and on top of the experience, have taken courses and they are right on the site. This is critical to the hardening of our schools against an attack.”

Trump made similar remarks in the wake of the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school attack, noting that first responders are “5 to 8 minutes” away when a shooting occurs but armed teachers can be there to take our sickos “immediately.”

At that time he stressed that the was not talking about forcing teachers to be armed. Rather, he wants to be sure teachers who want to be armed can be; that they can get the training necessary to carry a gun on campus and protect themselves and their students from attackers.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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