Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Teachers must be for gun control now

Teachers must be for gun control now

The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by president Donald Trump and others to designate more people - including trained teachers - to carry arms on school grounds. He called the group "Great American Patriots". "Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them".

A woman close the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation he had rifles and said, "I know he is going to explode.".

He shouted: "It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it".

LaPierre ended his speech, to a standing ovation, by reprising comments he made just over five years ago after the mass-shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.: "To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun".

Democratic governors at the conference said they had little faith that Trump, who enjoyed significant support among the National Rifle Association during his 2016 campaign, would keep his word about trying to find a legislative response or that the issue would retain his attention. It should not be easier to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry store, he added. By Thursday morning, Trump tweeted he was committed to pushing for comprehensive background checks and limiting the age of those buying assault-style weapons.

In a tweet Saturday, he lowered expectations that he would promote on Capitol Hill the idea of putting "gun-adept" teachers and staff in schools with concealed firearms.

The president met with victims of the Parkland school terror attack yesterday to listen to their experience and their pleas for gun control in the US.

"It's a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement", he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called "socialists" on the political left, and at the "so-called national news media".

Among the group were six students who survived the recent shooting at a high school in Florida, as well as a father who lost his daughter.

Arming teachers may be a "terrible" or even a "ridiculous" idea to critics, but some teachers across the country already bring guns to school.

"Can we protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at school, that are so-called gun-free zones, that are wide-open targets for any insane madman bent on evil to come there first?"

A spokesman later said Mr Trump was speaking specifically about semi-automatic weapons.

Trump reiterated on Twitter he would advocate for tightening background checks for gun buyers, with an emphasis on mental health, and lifting the age limit to buy some kinds of guns.

The US Congress has always been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin.

LaPierre fired up the conservative crowd at CPAC by painting a dystopian future that he said could be set into motion if gun control efforts succeed. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!

At least seven major United States companies have severed ties with the NRA in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 14 children and three adults were killed by a gunman with an assault rifle.

A 19-year-old former student at Stoneman Douglas, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with carrying out the Parkland shooting.

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