President Trump made it clear Wednesday afternoon that he believes there’s a fundamental flaw in relying solely on police officers to protect students in the event of a school shooting. He revealed why while speaking with a group of student and parents who have been affected by school shootings.
According to the Associated Press, the president said that average police response times range from five to eight minutes, but school shootings, on average, last only three minutes. He explained that in order to have an immediate, armed response, America needs to consider arming more teachers.
Trump said, according to Newsweek, that the teachers would be concealing the guns that they’re carrying and explained, “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.”
“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,” Trump continued.
Trump also slammed gun-free zones at schools, according to Townhall, saying "A gun-free zone to a maniac — because they're all cowards — a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and let's attack because bullets aren't coming back at us.”
One of the parents of a Sandy Hook victim, Nicole Hockley, told the president that she didn’t like that idea of arming teachers, according to the Hartford Courant.
She gave an example of one teacher who doesn’t want the added responsibility of using lethal force to stop an attacker and said, “Nobody wants to see a shootout in a school, and a deranged sociopath on his way to commit an act of murder in a school, knowing the outcome is going to be suicide, is not going to care if there’s somebody there with a gun. That’s their plan anyway.”
Hockley emphasized the importance of identifying all the potential attackers in the first place in order to stop them from ever getting to the point of shooting up a school.
Trump has made some movement on increasing restrictions on guns, such as strengthening background checks for gun purchases. The president is also pushing a proposal to ban bump stocks, which a gun user can use to make a semi-automatic rifle fire more rapidly.
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