Trump suggests arming teachers, giving them a bonus

Kelley Robertson
February 23, 2018

With political pressure for action in the wake of last week's mass school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supports the idea of allowing some teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools, proposing that those teachers get bonuses for helping with security improvements to deter school shootings in the future. "We have people in Washington DC - representatives, senators and legislators - telling teachers what they should do without asking teachers, 'What do you want to do?'"

Trump said on Twitter, "I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health".

Numerous comments are from gun owners angry over any attempt to regulate the accessory, which they view as a slippery slope toward outlawing guns all together. "But you give them a little bit of a bonus".

"We have to get smart on gun-free zones".

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms it could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said to the gathering of shooting survivors and family members of slain children.

Gun-free zones, meanwhile, are appealing to criminals, he said.

"When you have a horrific situation like you had last week and other school shootings we've seen these frightful tragedies, what we think and don't think is practical can change", Shah said in response. A gun-free zone, to a killer, or somebody that wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream.

"They see that as such a handsome target", Trump said. "They see that it is such a lovely target, they live for gun free zones".

On Wednesday, he met with students and relatives of the victims of last week's mass shooting at a high school in Florida that killed 17 people.

"You won't have, in my opinion, you won't have these shooters because these people are cowards", he said.

'I think that is a very negative thing to be talking about. I don't like it. "Nobody's going to be shooting bullets in the other direction. I'd much rather have a hardened school".

Trump listened intently to ideas from about 40 people, including those from six students who survived the Florida shooting.

Trump once tweeted that Hillary Clinton was "wrong" for saying he wanted "guns brought into the school classroom".

The NRA opposes an outright ban on bump stocks but has said it would be open to restrictions on them. "They love our Country and will do the right thing". "That's what they want to hear".

"Their goal is to eliminate the second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms".

"Why are we treating our schools like they're supposed to be a military installation with teachers trained like police officers and military personnel?" she asked. It doesn't make anyone look good.

"Nikolas Cruz was able to purchase an assault rifle before he was able to buy a beer", said Stoneman Douglas student Laurenzo Prado, referring to a Florida law that allows people as young as 18 to buy assault weapons.

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