Donald Trump has finally come up with a solution to prevent school shootings — arm teachers with guns.
Trump, who has received a lot of backlash for not implementing stricter gun laws despite various incidents of school shootings, said he wanted to provide guns to adept teachers with military or special training experience.
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the President wrote: “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.
“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!”
He also added that shooters wouldn’t target schools if they knew a particular establishment had “a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting.”
Trump also wants comprehensive background checks with an emphasis on mental health before a person purchases guns.
The February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida claimed 17 lives and the incident has prompted children to raise their voices urging the US government to enforce stricter gun laws. They have raised their demands for school safety in rallies and on social media platforms, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school student Emma Gonzalez, the most prominent face of the protests, has directly called out Trump and the NRA for not doing much to prevent guns falling into the ownership of people with mental illnesses.
It is now up to these children to change the situation.
“We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks,” said Gonzalez in her now viral speech. “Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because… we are going to be the last mass shooting.”