Donald Trump has decided that the way to end school shootings is to do exactly what the NRA wants: Put more guns in the hands of more people.
But those who survived the most recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, are speaking out and letting Trump know they don’t agree with his absurd proposal.
Sam Zeif, who was at the White House Wednesday to meet with Trump, said on CNNThursday that more guns are not the solution:
“Teachers go through emotions every day, just like students do, just like mentally ill people do, just like everyone. Teachers are faced with a responsibility every single day of molding young lives and mentoring them and being there for them. Why should they have to be faced with the responsibility with whether they’re going to have to kill them that day?”
Nicole Hockley, who lost her son in the massacre at the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, echoed Zeif’s words, commenting:
“I don’t think it’s a reasonable suggestion at all. I don’t think it’s something the politicians should be talking about. Ask any teacher — teachers have no desire to be armed… in terms of arming them and asking them to make that sort of decision in a crisis moment, that’s unacceptable.”
Zeif also had a message for Trump, telling him that any move to arm teachers in schools across the country would be “absolute madness.”
What Trump and others who advocate arming teachers fail to realize is that if indeed some teachers were carrying guns, they could wind up being shot by police who respond to the scene of a disturbance at a school. Or, even worse, what if a teacher’s gunfire goes astray and winds up killing a student that teacher is supposed to be protecting?
Also, the very idea that a teacher with a handgun would be able to deter a mentally deranged person with a semiautomatic assault rifle is ludicrous. It’s analogous to firefighters showing up to a blaze and pouring gas on the flames.
As usual, Donald Trump has no solution to any problem that faces this country.