I watched the Listening Session yesterday. You know, the one where Trump needed notes to express empathy and pose questions. As I watched, I knew exactly what Trump would take from it – exactly what the NRA told him to.
Here’s what he said during the Listening Session:
“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20% of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.
“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.'”
Trump is doubling down on this idea with his morning tweets:
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News
@CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to
…immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!
….History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!
….If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
This is the dumbest, most dangerous idea ever put forth. It demonstrates zero thought after arming teachers. Here are some valid points by Steve Halasz, a former police officer and firearms instructor:
8/ concealed carry permits allowing them to carry a gun for self-protection. What I think many people don’t consider is the difference between qualifying on a gun range to carry a weapon under a license and training with a gun so that they are suitably trained to defend others
9/ publicly. Going to a range and shooting a stationary target at 20 yards in good lighting and showing basic safety proficiency is great. But I think many gun-owners don’t understand the level of training a person should have when charged with the duty of protecting others.
10/ If you own a gun and think you are prepared to defend yourself and others, let me ask you some questions:
11/ -Have you trained at shooting moving targets? -Have you thought about the fact than an assailant might not be standing with their entire torso facing you straight on like they do on the paper target? -Have you trained in low light? -Have you trained in no light?
12/ -Can you load and unload your weapon in no light? -Have you trained at shooting from the hip? -Do you know how to disarm an assailant with a pistol and/or long gun at close range? -Do you know how to prevent being disarmed by someone at close range?
13/ -Do you know what a tactical reload is? -Can you shoot with one hand? -Can you reload your weapon with only the use of one hand? -Can you do all of the above with your weak hand?
14/ -If your strong arm suddenly became unusable could you both shoot and reload your weapon with the use of only your weak-side arm? -Do you understand that tunnel vision can (and likely will) keep you from noticing anything other than 1 threat at a time?
15/ -Would you know how to address 2 imminent threats? -What about 3 imminent threats? -Do you know the difference between cover and concealment? -Have you shot your weapon from behind cover, in prone position, or from a supine position?
16/ -Are you justified shooting someone with a knife? -What if they have a knife but are 20 feet away? What about 30 feet? What if it’s a pocketknife, a butter knife, or a baseball bat? What about scissors? -Should you shoot someone if they’re holding a gun to someone’s head?
17/ -What if they’re holding a knife to someone’s throat? -Can you take a human life? -Can you do any combination of the above with adrenaline surging through your body, your pulse and breathing at likely double their resting rate?
18/ -Do you know you’ll lose control of your fine motor skills under these physical stresses?
19/ One more question: Do you think teachers should take on the burden of this kind of training? I don’t. Let teachers teach. Let trained law enforcement officials handle being trained for all of the stresses and tactical possibilities that can and do happen in real-world combat situations
Can you imagine the lawsuits? Can you imagine a gun fight at schools – because that’s what we’re talking about. How much friendly fire is okay? Will we arm teachers with AR-15 so they can match the shooter shot for shot? Will students running away from the school shooter be running into bullets fired by teachers/staff? Will teachers carry the gun on their person at all times or will it be locked in a safe inside the classroom? So many questions – which aren’t even worth asking because this is the dumbest idea ever.