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Blest writes: "The Trump administration will reportedly propose that states should arm teachers, less than three weeks after the President proposed it as a solution to school shootings and then denied it, and less than two weeks after a Georgia teacher was arrested after barricading himself inside of a classroom with a gun."

Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)


Trump Does Want to Arm Teachers After All

By Paul Blest, Splinter News

12 March 18

 

he Trump administration will reportedly propose that states should arm teachers, less than three weeks after the President proposed it as a solution to school shootings and then denied it, and less than two weeks after a Georgia teacher was arrested after barricading himself inside of a classroom with a gun.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, the Trump administration’s plan for responding to the Parkland shooting will be to recommend that states should move to allow school staff to carry guns, and raise the the minimum age to buy “certain firearms.” The proposal will also reportedly solidify Trump’s support for banning bump stocks, a day after the Justice Department submitted a regulation to do just that.

Last week, a Florida gun control package signed by Gov. Rick Scott featured all three of these components. The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the state over the minimum age requirement within 24 hours.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that two “non-finalized” elements of the plan are a “task force to study gun violence and school-safety issues,” as well as “federal grant money that could be used to reward states that find a way approve concealed-carry permits for school workers.” You read that right: federal money might be used as an incentive to get states to put guns in their schools.

Since the mid-nineties, Congress has effectively stripped the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of its ability to research gun violence, out of a fear that the CDC’s research may lead to more calls for gun control. One might think that changing this would be a better place to start if Trump were serious about tackling gun violence, but it’s probably safer for everyone involved if we just turn classrooms into a prison instead.

Score one more in the “Take Trump seriously, not literally” column.

UPDATE, 03/11/2018, 8:01 P.M ET: The plan has been released, and CNN notes that, contrary to the Wall Street Journal report, it doesn’t include a proposal to raise the minimum age to buy “certain firearms.” What it does propose is a “Federal Commission on School Safety” and giving “specially qualified” school personnel guns, as well as a “see something, say something”-style awareness campaign.


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+4 # Pikewich 2018-03-12 17:45
On twitwit radio the other night, one of the "contestants" made a statement in bad taste about how arming teachers will make disciplining the the rowdy students easier.
 
 
+4 # janie1893 2018-03-13 00:31
I would not allow my child to attend a school in which any teacher carried a gun.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 08:15
Yes, good point. All parents and students should boycott schools where teachers are armed.
 
 
-2 # skylinefirepest 2018-03-13 14:57
And I would not allow my wife to teach where she was not allowed to carry. When you liberal idiots finally figure out that schools need locked doors, metal detectors, controlled access and finally, armed teachers then maybe we can get somewhere on the safety of our children. I actually had a loony liberal ask me where we would get the money but we harden our airports, courtrooms, and government buildings!! To get in our sheriff department we have to go through a metal detector monitored by an armed deputy...we cannot go in with a pocketknife or cellphone and that building is FULL OF ARMED PEOPLE!! I don't advocate arming all teachers and I wouldn't want them looking for a shooter...but when the shooter comes through their door they should have self protection and you liberal idiots should not ask them to be victims!
 
 
+2 # bread and butter 2018-03-13 07:56
Did you hear about the Greek soccer coach that protested a goal by unholstering a gun on the field?

NOT A JOKE - REALLY HAPPENED.

A Yahoo commenter NAILED IT!

He/she said, "Clearly, we need to arm the refs and players now".
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 11:54
Next thing you know, the criminals will be saying that we need to arm the criminals.

Total madness.

I can't help thinking of Greg Palast's really good book "Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans-Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild" He was writing about the Bush Administration. It has not gotten better.
 
 
+1 # ddd-rrr 2018-03-13 08:25
Trump is a walking, talking ("blathering", actually...) MESS! Most of what comes
out of the "orange slob's" mouth is hot air mixed with meaningless garbage.
For the safety of our country, he needs to be replaced, soon!
 

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