President Idiot’s latest suggestion is the suggestion of someone who gets most of his information from television or movies. Most veterans I’ve heard discuss this seem to universally think it a horrid abomination of an idea. Trained professionals hit the target 30% of the time or less (different folks have posited different numbers), but a high school teacher is going to protect kids from a massacre in a crowded school hallway? Laughable, except real people will die. And the teacher shortage is about to become acute – I’d guess many teachers would find alternative jobs before having to become soldiers in their own classrooms.
President Trump on Thursday intensified his calls for arming highly trained teachers as part of an effort to fortify schools against shooting massacres like the one that occurred in Parkland, Fla., last week, even as he denounced active shooter drills that try to prepare students to survive a rampage.
“I want certain highly adept people, people who understand weaponry, guns” to have a permit to carry concealed firearms in schools, Mr. Trump said during his second White House meeting in two days to discuss how to respond to the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Teachers who were qualified to handle a weapon — Mr. Trump estimated between 10 percent and 40 percent — would receive “a little bit of a bonus,” he said, adding that he would devote federal money to training them.
(click here to continue reading Trump Promotes Arming Teachers, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills – The New York Times.)
A few Tweets on this topic I read yesterday from various folks…
Shooting under stress is extremely difficult. Even for the most well-trained shooters. A teacher is not going to be able to do this. A lunch lady is not going to be able to do this. Cops & soldiers literally get paid to do this & most of them can’t shoot accurately under stress.
— Jay Kirell (@JasonKirell)
This is true. I shot competitively (tried out for the ‘84 Olympics), and spent 16 years in the Army. I was qualified as an Expert in both Rifle and Pistol.
In live fire simuulators I had a really high hit rate, almost 40 percent. Think about that. https://t.co/CUjUrWDhiC
— T Karney (@pecunium)
The act of having a pistol go off accidentally among military officers is so common it has its own name: “desk pop.”
But it’s a fantastic idea to give guns to teachers.
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra)
There’s little data to suggest putting cops in schools has made the students at those schools safer. The students *are*, however, more likely to be Tased, beaten, body-slammed, and arrested for misbehavior that previously resulted in detention or suspension.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko)
All this talk of arming teachers is a reminder of what happened to one employee of the Saint Paul (MN) Public School System who had a concealed carry permit.
RIP Philando Castile https://t.co/pTyDOh8FdV
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had an armed guard. So did Columbine High School. Va Tech has 50 full-time police officers + a dozen private security guards. Fort Hood has 1,000-soldiers in 89th MP Brigade. Cops & guards are great – but can’t solve pblm alone.
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala)
I’ve had dozens of teachers write to me so far about the proposal to arm them. And the clear consensus about the policy is that it would result in…. a massive teacher shortage because a number of educators would simply quit.
— Sam Stein (@samstein)
The ratio of bullets to kills in war, all shot by trained pros, is anywhere from 25000 to 250000 to 1. Even if it’s an order of magnitude lower, that’s what it is.
At columbine, a deputy traded shots with the assholes. Neither hit each other.
That’s the reality. https://t.co/2kKhVlkkLK
— John C. Welch (@bynkii)
Making schools a free-fire zone is ridiculous. Donald Trump doesn’t want guns in his own hotels/golf courses, but he wants Mrs. Hettenhausen to strap on a .45 before she starts her English class? And when is she training? Before 3rd period?
Donald Trump spoke in favor of gun rights at the National Rifle Association convention today, but security and staff at several of his prized hotels and golf courses told ABC News that guests are not allowed to carry guns there.
Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s posh Florida club, doesn’t allow guns, a hotel staff member told ABC News.
Trump National Doral, in Miami, Florida, doesn’t allow guns either, a security official told ABC News. The resort would “much rather not” have guns on the property, said a security official with the hotel, who noted that guns are “not to be carried on our property.”
“We’ve had guests that have brought them before,” he said, but those guns “had to remain in their safe the whole time in the room.”
A security worker at Trump National in Jupiter, Florida, said “no” when asked if guns were allowed on premises by citizens who are licensed to carry them.
Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach County, Florida, also doesn’t allow citizens with concealed-carry licenses to bring their guns on the property, a golf-shop worker told ABC News.
(click here to continue reading Donald Trump Is Against ‘Gun-Free Zones’ But Guns Aren’t Allowed on Many of His Properties, Staff Says – ABC News.)
The original Trump plan was to have two armed, well trained and well paid security guards from Blackwater né Academi on either side of each and every child. They would escort the kid from home to class, then form a perimeter around the child. Taxpayer money will funnel directly into Eric Prince’s Seychelles Island bank accounts, and Trump would get a percentage.