During a meeting between President Donald Trump and state governors at the White House on Monday, Washington State's Democratic Governor Jay Inslee challenged Trump on the idea of arming teachers.
Washington Gov. Inslee to Trump: "I've listened to the first grade teachers that don't want to be pistol-packing fi… https://t.co/Z9wUq67RRw— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1519667741.0
“I’ve listened to the biology teachers and they don’t want to [be armed] at any percentage,” Inslee told the President. “I’ve listened to the first-grade teachers who don’t want to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers. I’ve listened to law enforcement, who have said they don’t want to train teachers [on firearm use]. ... Educators should educate, and they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes.”
WATCH: @GovInslee tells a scowling Trump, to his face, that arming teachers is a terrible idea -- and Trump respond… https://t.co/xYY7tQuzXe— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1519671209.0
In his challenge to Trump, who appeared quite uncomfortable throughout the entire exchange, Inslee suggested that we need "a little less tweeting here, and a little more listening, and I just suggest we take [Trump’s proposal] off the table and move forward.”
@john_sipher @kylegriffin1 You can tell got pissed but just watching his head, and then the arm cross. Defiant to t… https://t.co/mQRCq6VRL3— Kathy Pruden (@Kathy Pruden) 1519669207.0
One Twitter follower, s boblit, pointed out that the President "looked like he could barely control himself from exploding" while Inslee spoke.
@kylegriffin1 Trump looked like he could barely control himself from exploding.— s boblit (@s boblit) 1519667974.0
Teachers and even some Republican politicians have come out in droves against the idea of putting guns in classrooms, including Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), who has an A+ rating with the NRA. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed that "the notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I’m comfortable with,” during a CNN town hall last week.
Trump wants to solve school shootings by arming teachers with “military or special training.” There aren’t many o… https://t.co/MbrgVd8wpn— Vox (@Vox) 1519697703.0
The prospect of arming teachers has resurfaced since the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day, and Trump has expressed the willingness to explore the idea. The National Rifle Association, from whom Trump received nearly $30 million in campaign donations, fully supports arming teachers. Arming teachers is currently legal in eight states, which Trump pointed out in his response to Inslee.
The Trump Slump has resulted in a $100 million gun sales dip since last year. Arming 40% of American teachers would… https://t.co/ry3fuaos18— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1519711286.0
Trump has not yet suggested arming all teachers, however. Instead, he has proposed giving "concealed guns" and extra pay to a select group of teachers who would be specially trained to handle firearms.
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibil… https://t.co/Tvi4fzLbCA— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1519302388.0
It's easy to see why there is so much confusion surrounding the President's stance on this issue. In a single, seemingly contradictory tweet last Thursday, Trump said he "never said give teachers guns," and then suggested we give guns to "20% of teachers."
While Trump talks about arming teachers to prevent gun violence, every school in West Virginia is closed today beca… https://t.co/plRdhu5p48— Ro Khanna (@Ro Khanna) 1519340040.0