Trump backed a proposal to arm school teachers to prevent mass shootings

Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has backed a proposal to arm school teachers with guns to prevent mass shootings, drawing criticism from certain quarters who accused him of promoting gun culture in schools.Trump’s comments came as demands intensified for stronger gun control after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.Trump said it was essential to provide concealed fire arms to teachers, who are highly trained.

“I want certain highly adept people, people that understand weaponry, guns if they really have that aptitude. Because not everybody has an aptitude for a 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 a gun in my opinion, you won’t have these shootings, he said.The president estimated that 10 per cent to 40 per cent of school employees would be qualified to handle a weapon he offered no data for the claim and said he would devote federal money to training them.Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, said Trump’s emphasis on arming teachers revealed that he was in the thrall of the gun lobby.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, who has been an outspoken advocate for gun control and is among Trump s most vocal critics, blistered the president.”No police officer, no educator of any note is advocating that what we need is more weapons on school campuses rather than fewer,” said Emanuel.”We talked to teachers, we talked to folks in communities. I think there are a lot of people who if they are — a lot of teachers who aren’t currently trained would be willing to get trained. This is a very complex problem and we need serious solutions,” he said.