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.
Arming teachers is a an incredibly bad idea. Instead of making teachers do yet another job, we should help them buy school supplies and educate our children.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 25, 2018
The NRA is attempting pull off one of their greatest heists yet by selling weapons to schools. They KNOW that arming teachers would have had no impact on the tragedies in Las Vegas, or Sutherland Springs, or San Bernardino, or Orlando.
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) February 24, 2018
The @NRA & @realDonaldTrump would rather have us argue about this harebrained non-starter idea of arming teachers, rather than moving ahead with commonsense #gunviolence reforms supported by a vast majority of Americans. Don’t be distracted.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 24, 2018
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.
So FOUR 'good guys with a gun' were not able to stop the bad guy.
I think this kinda ends the 'arm the teachers' bullsh*t, don't you? https://t.co/hVHtw7negn
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 23, 2018
In 1981, as Ronald Reagan emerged from the Capitol Hilton, he was surrounded by good guys with guns, all top marksmen, all highly trained.
And he was shot.
— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 22, 2018
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.
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.