It the wake of the attack on unarmed innocents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it is important to remember that President Trump campaigned on allowing teachers to be armed for self-defense.
He first broached the subject after the October 1, 2015, attack on Umpqua Community College (UCC); an attack in which an armed man entered a gun-free campus and killed nine people. Trump responded to the attack by saying, ““I’ll tell you, if you had a couple of the teachers or someone with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off.”
Weeks later, during the October 28, 2015, presidential debate, Trump revisited the topic by stressing that gun-free zones actually attract attackers who might avoid campus if they knew their would-be victims could shoot back. He said gun-free zones provide “target practice for sickos.”
Two months later, on October 8, 2016, The Washington Post quoted Trump saying, “I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools.”
The left went apoplectic over the suggestion that teachers should be armed to defend their lives and the lives of their children. Sen. Chris Murphy (C-CT), called the idea “sinister” and said Trump was only suggesting it because it was part of “doing the bidding of the gun lobby.” These are strange words when one considers that Murphy is a Senator from a state where 26 innocents were gunned down in a gun-free zone (Sandy Hook); a zone where the law-abiding teachers and staff were prohibited from having guns with which to shoot back if under attack.
Of course, Hillary Clinton recoiled at Trump’s idea of allowing teachers to carry guns for self-defense. After all her lamentations over school shootings and attacks on innocents in other gun-free zones TIME quoted her saying that arming teachers “[is] no way to keep us safe.”
Do you think allowing teachers to be armed would keep students more safe, or just be another issue in the classroom? Let us know in the comments!