WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, after listening to a series of emotional stories and pleas to enhance school safety at the White House on Wednesday, floated the idea of arming teachers and school staff, an idea that was met with support from many of the attendees.
“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating schools could arm up to 20 percent of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.
“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them.
“They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone. 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.'”
Trump on Thursday morning tweeted he “never said ‘give teachers guns'” and then repeated his quote from Wednesday about looking into the possibility of “giving concealed guns to adept teachers with military or special training.”
Trump also said he supports measures related to gun restrictions and mental health while reiterating his call to arm some teachers as a way to prevent school shootings.
“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!” Trump tweeted. “Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”