Just hours after President Trump angrily declared on Twitter that he never suggested that “teachers with guns” would be an appropriate deterrent to stop school shootings (before launching into a tirade about why doing precisely that would be a sensible solution), the president has proposed that the “20% or so” of teachers who agree to keep weapons should receive “a little bit of a bonus.”
“You can’t hire enough security guards, but you could have concealed [carry weapons] on the teachers,” Trump said, according to a pool report cited by the Daily Beast.
“You won’t have these shootings because these people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns. And what I would recommend doing is, the people who do carry, you give them a little bit of a bonus.”
Trump added that leaving schools “gun free” makes them too vulnerable to school shootings like the one that left 17 students of Marjorie Douglas Tillman high school in Parkland, Fla. dead and more than a dozen injured.
Per pool, Trump said gun-free zones make it like “going in for the ice cream” for school shooters.
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Trump added that he would want teachers to go through “rigorous training” to “harden our sites.” He also said that “people like to blame” the NRA and said he supported age restrictions for long-gun purchases, saying “it should all be 21” – referring to the age a person needs to be before they can purchase a gun. Trump claimed that the NRA – who he said are good people who want the best for the country – would go along with this…
The NRA presently opposes tightening age restrictions for gun buyers…
Watch Trump’s remarks in full below: