Trump Backs Arming Teachers, But an Old Tweet Says Exactly the Opposite

U.S. President Donald Trump said on February 21 that arming teachers could help prevent massacres like last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, voicing support for an idea backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights group. During the meet, he was addressing the parents, friends and other schools children who had narrowly escaped.

President Trump proposed ending "gun-free zones" at schools, and called for teachers to be armed with concealed handguns.

In a meeting with survivors of Florida school shooting, he also promised a strong background checks on gun owners.

The University of California, Irvine has dismissed charges that a pro-Israel group on campus behaved improperly toward members of Students. He allegedly used an AR-15 assault rifle that he had purchased legally.

The U.S. Constitution protects the right of Americans to bear arms, a right fiercely defended by Republicans.

Trump argues arming educators will act as a deterrent to shooters. "We need that", the president said. He said if teachers were able to use firearms, they would be able to stop an attack very quickly.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, a task force backed by the NRA recommended more armed guards and teachers in schools.

Fifteen-year-old Justin Gruber, who also survived the Parkland, Fla., shooting, lamented that he was born after the Columbine shooting happened, among the first in what has grown into an epidemic of school shootings, and that he's never felt a sense of security.

Questions included: "What would you most want me to know about your experience?" and "What can we do to help you feel safe?"

"It's called concealed carry". In a January 2016 interview with Petersen's Hunting magazine, Trump said he would be willing to bypass the laws of states, which oversee public schools, to eliminate the zones.

"It just really hit home that these teachers, all they could do was pile those kids in a corner and stand in front of them and hope for the best", she said.

Runcie was addressing the crowd gathered for CNN's town hall, "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" on Wednesday evening in Sunrise, Florida. It's not about gun laws right now; that's another fight, another battle.

"Because [of] my daughter, I'm not going to see again. Am I supposed to strap it (the gun) to my leg or put it in my desk?" "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that", Eskelsen said. "They are not going to walk into a school if 20 percent of the teachers have guns".

"There should've been one school shooting and we should've fixed it!" an emotional Pollack, flanked by his three sons, exclaimed.

"Bump stocks" are legal devices that clip on to the back end of a rifle and harness the gun's recoil, essentially turning a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one.

He also stressed he would push for an end to the sale on bump stocks, which allow rifles to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute and which were used during another massacre in Las Vegas past year.

  • Rogelio Becker