Trump Suggests Bonuses For Armed Teachers In Order To Protect Our Children

A New York City Dem branded the president’s proposal to arm school staff as part of extra offensive and defensive measures against school shootings as “wildly irresponsible, John Wayne-like, something that only President Trump could propose in the midst of a national tragedy.”

During a White House meeting today with state and local officials about a response to the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, Trump declared “we have to harden our schools, not soften them,” as “a gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that’s like going in for the ice cream.”

“I want certain highly adept people people that understand weaponry, guns, if they really have that aptitude, because not everybody has an aptitude for a gun, I think a concealed permit for teachers and letting people know there are people in the building with a gun, you won’t have, in my opinion, you won’t have these shootings,” he said. “Because these people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20 percent of the teachers have guns. It may be 10 percent, it may be 40 percent. Now what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus, we give them a little bit of a bonus, because frankly they’d feel more comfortable having the gun anyway, you give them a little bit of a bonus, so practically for free you’ve now made the school into a hardened target.”

“For instance, if the coaches, who I guarantee have plenty of experience with weapons, if they have guns, you need it hard,” Trump added. “Because no matter what you do, you keep it gun-free, they’ll be able to get in there, they’ll crawl through the back of a window or something, and you’re going to have everybody again without any protection… I would like to see true people with great talent at guns and being adept at guns, of which there’s only a percentage of people but whatever that percentage may be it’s a substantial number. Because you can’t hire enough security guards.”

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