President Trump calls active shooter drills 'a very negative thing'

Posted February 23, 2018

Shah responded by claiming Trump was talking about training personnel and some teachers to use firearms and carry concealed weapons on campus to act as a deterrent.

"Instead of advertising the school has no guns, we are gun free, do the opposite", he said. He started off denying that he ever said he wanted teachers to have guns, to admitting that maybe "highly adept" teachers with "aptitudes for guns" should be permitted to hide carry - and that this number could be as high as 40 percent of teachers - to finally proposing to offer bonuses to teachers who agree to carry guns.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with the killings, with Trump now saying he wants to raise the age at which people can buy guns to 21, and also toughen up background checks.

The president commented as he opened a school safety discussion at the White House with state and local officials from around the country.

During his White House listening session on Wednesday afternoon, the president advocated giving teachers the right to concealed carry.

The presidents apparent confidence that Congress would be able to agree on and pass gun safety legislation flew in the face of decades of experience, in which the outrage and calls to action that follow a horrific shooting have dissipated quickly amid powerful resistance from the pro-gun lobby, and changes in the law have ultimately proven impossible.

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Trump listened intently to ideas from about 40 people, including those from six students who survived the Florida shooting.

Trump says he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill.

'I think it's insane, i think it's very bad for children'.

The majority of Trump's mid-morning Tweets, however, involved praising the NRA and justifying his remarks about arming teachers and ending gun-free zones around schools in order to prevent school shootings.

Say what you will about Trump, but these were ninja-level acrobatics.

"If a potential?sicko shooter knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school".

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"Cowards won't go there.problem solved".

As for Mr. Trump, while he was publicly nudging the NRA to accept certain changes, he also made sure to note to his supporters of where he stands on guns.

In a tweet earlier Thursday, Trump said the NRA "will do the right thing".

Pretty much the only thing in that long-winded bit of word salad that makes sense is "not everybody has the aptitude for a gun", which is exactly the gist of many people's gun-control arguments, not the dang algebra teacher packing heat.

He concluded his speech to a gathering of conservative leaders with the NRA catchphrase: "To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun". "That's 700,000 teachers. How would the president propose arming 700,000 teachers?" He is seeking to show action in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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