President Donald Trump is reportedly proposing a plan that would award teachers with bonuses if they carried guns with them in class.
According to Bloomberg reporter Justin Sink, the Trump plan would act as an incentive for teachers to get training in using deadly weapons.
Trump proposes paying bonuses to teachers who carry guns, @JustinSink reports— Mike Dorning (@Mike Dorning)1519319507.0
According to Sink, Trump floated the idea of giving teachers "a little bit of a bonus" for carrying guns with them during a meeting with school safety officials.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump sent out a long, rambling tweet storm defending his plan to arm some school teachers.
Among other things, Trump argued that shooters are attracted to places where people are not armed with deadly weapons.
“A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people,” he said. “History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!”
Trump then suggested that mentally unstable people would never attack a school if they knew they would be met by armed teachers capable of taking them down.
“If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school,” he wrote. “Cowards won’t go there… problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”