Trump proposes giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training
In the wake of the massacre in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, President Donald Trump‘s proposed solution to combat school shootings is to put guns in the hands of teachers.
Speaking at the White House, Trump suggested on Thursday that it might be a good idea for teachers who are trained in how to handle guns to receive a bonus.
“These people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns — it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” Trump said, according to CNN. “They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”
Donald Trump then reportedly claimed that he wasn’t actually saying he wanted to arm teachers.
“I don’t want teachers to have guns. I want certain highly adept people — people that understand weaponry, guns. If they really have that aptitude — because not everybody has aptitude for gun — but if they have the aptitude, I think a concealed permit for having teachers and letting people know that there are people in the building with guns, you won’t have — in my opinion — you won’t have these shootings,” he said.
Yesterday Trump and some of his other cabinet officials conducted a listening session with students, parents and gun reform activists.
Trump doesn’t like active shooter drills
Donald Trump also blasted “gun-free zones” and school shooting drills.
“We have to harden those schools, not soften them. A gun-free zone, to a killer, or somebody that wants to be a killer, that’s like going in for the ice cream. That’s like saying, ‘Here I am, take me,'” Trump claimed.
He also said of active shooter drills, “Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, I’ll be honest with you. I think that’s a very negative thing to be talking about. I don’t like it. I don’t want to tell my son ‘you’re going to have to participate in an active shooter drill. I’d much rather have a hardened school.”
Donald Trump has proposed a ban on bump stocks, which allow legal weapons to be fired quickly in the style of a machine gun. He has also suggested increasing the age limit on rifles to 21 and proposed that shooters like Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz be committed to mental institutions.