On Wednesday, during a listening session on school shootings at the White House, Trump floated the idea of arming teachers as a solution for preventing future school shootings.
According to Trump, if there was a teacher who was adept at firearms, “they could end the attack very quickly.”
Trump then referenced Aaron Feis, the football coach who used his body as a shield to protect the students during the shooting. He explained that the coach was “very brave.” But he added that if the coach had a firearm, he could have just shot him.
He continued, “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.”
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He went on to criticize gun-free zones around schools and explained that a gun-free zone to a maniac means “let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’ ”
He then asked the attendees how they felt about the idea and there were mixed reactions. There would have been more negative reactions but the Trump team was careful in choosing who to allow at the event.
Mark Barden, a student who was opposed to Trump’s idea, argued that teachers already have enough responsibilities.
He added that “nobody wants to see a shoot-out in school.” Barden continued and stated that the gunman is not going to care about the person with the gun.
The listening session comes after last week’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also attended the event.
The shooting has reignited the debate on gun control.
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