President Trump is doubling down on the idea of giving guns to teachers in schools.
He posted a series of tweets on Thursday, a day after making similar remarks at a listening session on addressing the gun violence in schools.
“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ’concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. 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. Far more assets at much less cost than guards,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”
The president then went on to say that such a move would also be a “great deterrent.”
“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!” Trump tweeted. “If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”
Many teachers criticized the idea after Trump appeared to express his support for it on Wednesday.
“I’m a teacher, and I don’t want one, nor should I have one. Want to arm me? Start paying me six figures, give me a bullet-proof vest, and put bullet-proof glass in my classroom windows,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I’m a teacher. I don’t want a gun. I could use some more dry erase markers,” someone else tweeted.