President Donald Trump went on a long rant on Thursday morning about his plan to arm some teachers as a measure to prevent school shootings.
While the president initially denied that he ever proposed arming teachers on Thursday morning, his denial eventually turned into a rambling defense of arming some teachers to take out shooters at their schools.
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!"
....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would als… https://t.co/wyg77QWPfn— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1519303208.0
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