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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Trump’s insulting and reckless tweets about arming teachers.

As a rule, I try not to get upset by Trump’s tweets, if I did it would be all that I do. Today’s tweets however since they were about schools and teachers, hit a lot closer to home.

I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to

Oy vey, does he think only the best 20 percent of teachers would be willing to protect children, or teachers needs guns to do so? Only the best 20 percent want guns in schools? This tweet hung in the ether for 14 minutes, when he followed it up with...

....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!

 ... and his first word is immediately, some 14 minutes later. In the next text he talks about response times which is insane when you consider it took him 14 minutes to complete his thought.

He then speaks about highly trained teachers, um these are the same teachers that must pay for basic supplies out of their pockets. Furthermore education is already the first thing cut during a crisis and most school systems are hand to mouth with nothing left to spare. Instead of common planning are we going to have common target practice?

Trump also wants to do this on the cheap, because he believes armed teachers would cost less than guards. Yeah, let’s just get teachers to do it, its not like they have anything else like teaching going on. Many teachers in addition to teaching are already, parents, social workers, and mentors, so he wants to make them armed guards as well. Then if he really cared would he not want to spare no expense? I don't believe in turning our schools into prisons but why is he suggesting we protect our children on the cheap?

Speaking of Gun free zones, I can think of two, the NRA convention and anywhere the President is but hey facts right, have never got in the president’s way.

Also, did he say he never called for arming teachers in one text right before he called for arming teachers in the next ? Can I say, oy vey again?

Then there is his third tweet,

....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!

I am being charitable when I say the president is being overly optimistic there. Also, data tells us more guns lead to more gun deaths and the thing is it has already been tried before with tragic consequences.

A TEACHER IN northwest Pakistan accidentally shot dead a 12-year-old pupil yesterday while cleaning his pistol in the staff room, police said.
Teachers in northwest Pakistan were given permission to carry firearms in the classroom after Taliban militants massacred 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in December.

Most schools don’t pay for all the supplies teachers need, and teachers already do so much more than educating. Now Trump and numerous other right-wing politicians want to arm teachers, how does that make sense?

Then I have a few questions off the top of my head, which I imagine is a lot longer than Trump thought about it.

Would I get a vest and cuffs too? Would training count as professional development? How much would I get? Would I be expected to carry the weapon on me, keep it in my desk (where my lap top was stolen just two weeks ago) or in a lock box in a cabinet? Would I leave it at school over night or take it with me?

He finished his tweet storm with,

....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. Cowards won’t go there...problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!

Parkland had an armed officer and Nicholas Cruz undoubtedly had to know that and it didn’t deter him. Now I think a fair question might be what if there were five or seven armed guards, not that I think that is a solution either.

But would even that have stopped a “sicko”? Most of these guys are looking to die, they want to go out in a hail of bullets. Sicko's don't care

Insulting and reckless sum up Trump’s position on arming teachers and his presidency in general as well. 

There are a lot of things we can and should do but arming teachers shouldn't even be on the list.

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