Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Should teachers be armed?

Should teachers be armed?

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

Some on Twitter are arguing that Trump's comments about arming teachers were more about asking inexperienced teachers to go through training than employing teachers with military or law enforcement experience to carry.

"We're going to do something about this terrible situation that's going on, and we're going to all figure it out together", Trump said during a listening session with school shooting survivors and parents at the White House Wednesday.

On Wednesday, President Trump sat down with students, parents, and teachers affected by gun violence to talk about how to improve school safety. The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is the latest US mass shooting, which knocked the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 out of the 25 deadliest mass shootings in history.

The attack in Florida was the 18th incident involving guns at a USA school so far this year, and the eighth to result in injuries or deaths, according to a running tally provided on the group's website. It's called the "Just Give Highly Trained Teachers a Gun" plan.

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The proposal puts Mr Trump slightly at odds with the National Rifle Association (NRA) - the largest and most powerful guns-rights lobbying group in America. One of the fake news networks CNN was saying last night, 'I want teachers to have guns.' I don't want teachers to have guns.

"Instead of advertising the school has no guns, we are gun free, do the opposite", he said. Should teachers be trained in firearm use and carry them in schools? "King David Cemetery, that is where I go to see my kid now". 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to... immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.

"If you harden the sites you're not going to have this problem", he said. "What's being described by the president and others sounds more like a prison to me, with the teachers as armed guards and the students as prisoners".

The president, though, has floated a range of options for preventing mass shootings, including raising the age for purchasing any firearm to 21.

"I spoke to them [NRA leaders], and they're ready to do things".

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