President Donald Trump tried to justify his proposal to arm teachers by claiming that teachers want to carry guns in order to protect their students out of love.
“It’s critical to have armed personnel available at a moment’s notice,” Trump said at a roundtable discussion about gun violence in schools. “These are teachers in many cases that are the highest trained that you can get.”
Trump said teachers are “natural to firearms” and insisted that arming teachers is “critical to hardening our schools against attack,” adding, “also, they love our students.”
The president continued:
“I’ve seen the teachers…They truly love their students. And by loving their students, they want to fight for their students more than anybody else.”
“I’ve seen the teachers…They truly love their students. And by loving their students, they want to fight for their students more than anybody else,” Trump said in a roundtable on classroom gun violence.
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— POLITICO (@politico) December 18, 2018
Twitter tore into Trump for suggesting that armed teachers and guns in schools would make for safer learning environments.
— Tim Andrews (@TimAndrews6) December 18, 2018
If I had kids there's no way in hell I'd want them in a school with randomly armed teachers.
— Karen M (@KarenG141) December 18, 2018
Only if armed personnel are law enforcement officers. Teachers should not be armed.
— Ezra Adams ⚜️⚜️ (@Ezra_Nola) December 18, 2018
No, no, a thousand times no!!! More fricking guns is not the answer.
— K Owens (@owens_kd1) December 18, 2018
I truly love my students. That's why I would never want them to have to depend on me to save their lives with a gun.
— EllenRosewall (@EllenRosewall) December 18, 2018
The first cops on the scene will shoot the first gun carrier he/she sees. Amazingly stupid. More guns equal more violence and death. Shame on the gun lobby. Shame on the nra. Shame on trump.
— jim waller (@jimmywal3) December 18, 2018
Many people noted that if Trump really wanted to support teachers, he would demand more funding for educational programs and pay teachers more money.
If you loved teachers, you'd work like hell to increase their pay, strengthen their unions.
— "No teams" Indy (@NoTeamsIndy) December 18, 2018
Even less money to education!
— Drew (@Werd_ny17) December 18, 2018
So true. He couldn't care less about teachers.
— Orange Owl (@orangeowl18) December 18, 2018
Trump also suggested that arming teachers would aid in “stopping tragedy before it strikes.”