Of all the idiotic ideas Donald Trump has dreamed up, the one about arming teachers in the classroom has to be at least in the top five. Following is part of his recent twitter storm on the topic:
….immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Let’s just roll with this notion a bit. Where are the “highly trained teachers” supposed to keep their guns in case of a mass shooting? The guns would need to be easily and quickly accessible in order to be effective. That rules out the logical choice of a gun safe. And if the guns are easily and quickly accessible to the teachers, they would also be easily and quickly accessible to any student who wanted to turn the weapon on their fellow students.
What type of training would they receive and more importantly, who is going to pay for it? Will the teachers be selected on a volunteer basis or would they be forced into this role? A volunteer might be a trigger-happy “John Wayne wanna be” type who shoots first and asks questions later. A reluctant recruit cannot be depended on not to freeze in the face of an armed intruder.
Even though the idea of armed guards in every school is disturbing, but possibly necessary, instead of hiring trained professionals (i.e. guards) Trump says it would be “cost less” to have teachers serve as deterrents to school shooters.
“Far more assets at much less cost than guards.”
That’s right, Trump not only wants to put guns in our schools but he wants to do it on the cheap. Nothing says “protecting our children” like penny pinching. Did Trump come up with this on his own or did one of his unvetted staff give him the idea? Either way, it’s stupid, pointless, and dangerous.
When I was in high-school I came home early one morning to get something I needed for class that day. My mother thought I was a burglar because she wasn’t expecting anyone in the house at that time. She nearly shot me.
My mother was a high-school teacher who knew how to use guns. I rest my case.