The White House has indicated that the government could give money to fund the arming of as many as a million teachers across America. Trump has repeatedly written in his tweets that his response to the horrific school massacre in Florida last week, would not be to change the gun laws to make having a gun in America more difficult, but in fact to arm teachers and sports coaches WITH guns. He has even discussed giving bonuses to teachers that agree to be armed. He believes that armed teachers would serve as a “great deterrent” to killers and would “solve the problem instantly”.
Yesterday Trump tweeted “20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to…immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.” He further went on to say that he opposes measures to create “gun-free” zones around schools as this would create a situation for school shooters like “going in for the ice cream”.
Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers union has said in a statement: “Anyone who wants guns in schools has no understanding of what goes on inside them – or worse, doesn’t care.”
What do you think? Would you feel safer if your teachers in schools here in South Africa were armed? What do you think the solutions are to the gun-control issues in America? We’d love to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org
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