While meeting with survivors of last week’s school shooting, President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the idea of preventing school shootings by having more guns on campus.
One week after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the president sat for a roundtable discussion with some survivors and their families, educators, and parents of Sandy Hook and Columbine victims, and listened to their harrowing narratives, impassioned pleas, and supposes on how to prevent future massacres.
When Trump spoke about proposed solutions, he suggested that arming teaches in their classrooms could act as a discouraging when a gunman enters a school.
” If you had a teacher with, who was adept at handguns, they could very well end the attack very quickly ,” the president said.” And the good thing about a suggestion like that, and we’re going to be looking at it very strongly, I reckon a lot of people are going to be opposed to it, I reckon a lot of people are going to like it. But the good thing is you’ll have a lot of the persons with that .”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that there actually was an armed guard on the high school campus, but that the sentry never encountered alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz.
The president, appearing to reference how football coach Aaron Feis died shielding students, proposed:” If the coach had a pistol in his locker … he wouldn’t have had to run, he would have shot[ Cruz ], and that would have been the end of it .”
He continued:” This was able to plainly be for people who are very adept at handling a artillery. It’s called concealed carry, where a teach would have a disguised gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone .”
The president also mentioned a hypothetical scenario in which there would be armed military veterans in every school safeguarding students.
” You’d have a lot of people that would be armed, that would be ready ,” Trump said.” They’re professionals, they may be Marines that left the Marines, that left the Army, left the Air Force … They’d be spread evenly throughout the school .”
If would-be school shooters knew that taught vets and armed teachers populated campuses,” they wouldn’t go into the school to start off with ,” the president said.
” I think it could very well solve your trouble .”
He went on to say that” a lot of people don’t understand that airline pilots, a lot of them, carry artilleries. I have to say that things have changed a lot .”
Trump then proceeded to poll the chamber of students and their families on whether they liked his idea.
Later Wednesday, the Broward County superintendent, Robert Runcie, pushed back against Trump’s propositions, saying before a CNN town hall:” We don’t need to put firearms in the hands of teachers. You know what we need? We need to arm our teachers with more money in their pocket .”
The president likewise spoke about mental health issues, suggesting that it should be made easier to confine an individual who hasn’t yet committed international crimes.” Times ago, we had mental hospital, establishments, we had a lot of them and a lot of them have closed. Some people thought it was a stigma ,” Trump said.” Today, if you catch somebody, they don’t know what to do with him. He hasn’t devoted the misdemeanour, but he was able to very well and there’s no mental institution .”
He likewise assured his audience that he supports strong background are searching for artillery buys, an idea that has gained some traction in the White House.
” We’re going to be very strong on background checks ,” Trump said.” We’ll be doing very strong background checks. Very strong emphasis on the mental health of somebody. And we are going to do plenty of other things .”