After the shooting last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, people once again starting calling for some form of gun control. One week later, President Trump surprised the nation by holding a 'listening session' with relatives of those killed in mass shootings. The media wondered if this signaled that the President may actually buck the NRA and offer up some kind of consolation prize to gun control advocates. However, these hopes were quickly dashed when the President began to advocate the old 'a bad guy with a gun can only be stopped by a good guy with a gun' trope.
He has since doubled down on this, tweeting on Saturday...
Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again - a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
But apparently, according to USA Today, some schools in Missouri are already doing this.
"Sydow is the superintendent of the Fairview R-XI School District in West Plains, Mo. Shortly after 20 first-graders were killed in 2012 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Fairview schools partnered with a local security company to start arming some teachers. More than a dozen other Missouri schools have followed Fairview's lead."
They went on to explain...
"The way the process works in Fairview, Sydow said, is that faculty members interested in carrying concealed handguns go through an initial 40-hour training session with Shield Solutions security company that includes a psychiatric evaluation.
Teachers who pass the initial training must also complete 24 hours of additional training every year to maintain their ability to carry guns at school, Sydow said."
This is of course despite the fact that the American Federation of Teachers came out strongly against this idea.
The head of the union, Randi Weingarten, tweeted on Saturday...
It should also be noted that there was in fact, an armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This did not stop the shooting from taking place as the guard never even entered the building.
Many thought this idea was a slippery slope...
Arm the ushers, choirs, clergymen...arm the professors and more armed security and arm the cashiers and sales clerks (*sarcasm*)....🤦♀️😒— Tj Simon (@TjSimon77) February 24, 2018
Yes, because that would be much more effective than banning private citizens from owning military grade weapons that are killing machines. Unless of course the shooting occurred at a mall, church, or any other gathering of people that wasn't a school. #DumbIdea #BoycottNRA— Just Kevin (@kzone8) February 24, 2018
Of course, many conservatives regurgitated the 'gun free zone' talking point...
98% of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. Gun-free zones such as schools are easy targets for killers. If teachers and school staff were armed these killers would not set foot on school property. If they did they would be met with brutal force.— Josh Gremillion (@joshgremillion) February 24, 2018
The students should be allowed to arm themselves as well.— Craig R. Brittain for US Senate (R-AZ 2018) 🆒 (@SenatorBrittain) February 24, 2018
No more Gun Free Zones.
Which, of course, received swift pushback...
As if that's the real thought process of a mentally ill killer— Paul Gerard (@Economics2020) February 24, 2018
Not to mention the last shooter went to a school that had an armed guard...— Blocked By Trump (@blockedbigly) February 24, 2018
No no no. Stop talking about giving guns to minors. 😱🤦🏼♀️— Gayle McConnaughey (@gaylemcconnau) February 24, 2018
But mostly, people just thought this idea was dumb...
More inane word salad from our Circus Clown-in-Chief.— General Healthy (@GeneralHealthy) February 24, 2018
Wow I had no idea! If trained armed professionals were terrified and couldn’t stop the bloodshed, how will a teacher locked up in a classroom trying to hide those little bodies in the closet?!?! I’m so appalled and angry right now— Ms. C (@hedyatweets) February 24, 2018
That is the dumbest idea ever. But then again, you are very dumb.— Caro (@carogonza) February 24, 2018