POTUS doubles down with bold prediction about arming teachers

President Trump is continuing to support having some teachers conceal carry firearms as a protection against school shootings.

The president predicted on Saturday that incidents like this month’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School “will not happen again” if “firearms adept” instructors are selected to carry a gun on campus in the event of an attack.

President Trump said that school personnel chosen to carry a firearm would be given a “yearly bonus” and receive annual training.

“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.”

He also emphasized that the decision on arming teachers should be left to the states.

Many gun control advocates have criticized the notion of allowing educators to carry firearms on campus, arguing that only more restrictive gun laws will curb mass shootings.

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President Trump previously cited police response time as a factor in his support for teacher concealed carry at schools, calling armed staff a “great deterrent.”

Some critics have pointed to news that four Broward Sheriff’s deputies hid outside while the shooting went on as evidence that having armed faculty would not keep students safe.

Others disagreed.

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During the shooting, Stoneman Douglas football coach Aaron Feis gave his life using his body as a human shield to protect students from gunfire.

Feis doubled as an unarmed security guard for the school.

Aaron Feis. (Photo: Facebook).

In addition to arming teachers, President Trump’s school safety proposals include expanding background checks, raising the firearms purchase age to 21, and banning bump fire stocks–devices that enable semiautomatic weapons to simulate automatic rapid fire.

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