On Wednesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal reacted to President Trump's suggestion that we should arm teachers, claiming that the idea is "absolutely abhorrent. It's an anathema."
“That idea of concealed carry is absolutely abhorrent. It is an anathema," said the Senator, according to Breitbart. "As the Sandy Hook parent, I believe Nicole Hockley, whom I know well, told him, we need to prevent these shootings by getting guns out of the hands of dangerous people. The president has to do more than listen and more than talk about guns. Now is the time for action.”
Similarly, Doug Jones anticipated Trump's proposal by claiming on Tuesday that arming teachers is the "dumbest idea he has ever heard," according to The Hill.
On Wednesday, President Trump suggested that relying only on police officers to respond to a school shooting is imprudent. It has been reported that the average police response time ranges from five to eight minutes, whereas school shootings usually only last for three. As a result, many have suggested that teachers be armed.
"So let’s say you had 20 percent of your teaching force, because that’s pretty much the number. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms they could very well end the attack very quickly.”
Trump continued, “I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it, I think a lot of people are going to like it. You can’t have 100 security guards in Stoneman Douglas — that's a big school. That would be a situation that is being discussed by a lot of people. You’d have a lot of people that would be armed; they would be ready. They’re professionals; they may be Marines that left the Marines, left the army, left the airforce and they’re very adept at doing that."
The comment came during a White House listening session, where students and parents affected by the school shooting requested that Trump do something in order to prevent future attacks from occurring in the future.
Hunter Pollack, one of Meadow Pollack's brothers, agreed with President Trump, according to CNN.
"I'm not here to debate, but I lost my sister," he said. "And like Mr. President said, if you could find 20b of maybe retired law enforcement officers or a teacher who could go through discreet training to carry a firearm around his waist, it could've been a very different situation. We need more security, we need more firearms on campus, we need better background checks, and we need to study more on mental health."
Fred Abt, the father of Parkland shooting survivor Carson Abt, claimed that he had discussed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over lunch that he too thinks it would be a good idea to have more firearms on school campuses.
"One possible solution, which may not be very popular, would be to have people in the school, teachers, administrators who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom who are given training throughout the year," he said. "There are plenty of teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms, have them raise their hands to volunteer for the training, and when something like this starts, the first responders are already on campus."
Of course, others disagreed with Trump's approach. Nicole Hockley, who had a six-year-old son killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, claims that she doesn't think more firearms on campus is the solution.
Trump reiterated that he doesn't want more people to go through the pain that family and friends of the loved ones killed are going through.
"We don't want others to go through the kind of pain you have gone through," Trump said. "It wouldn't be right."
You can read more about Trump's plan for arming teachers in our recent story.