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Barbra Streisand, Kumail Nanjiani Among Stars Slamming Trump’s Idea to Give Teachers Guns

President proposed arming teachers to prevent school shootings at White House “listening session” on Wednesday

Last Updated: February 22, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

At his “listening session” on gun violence on Wednesday, President Donald Trump proposed arming teachers as a means of security, a move that’s been met with condemnation from gun control advocates in Hollywood.

“I was a full time High School English teacher. This semester, I’m teaching a High School Film Appreciation course,” director Scott Derrickson wrote on Twitter. “As a teacher and gun owner, let me say that arming teachers is the stupidest idea ever.”

“Not an expert, but perhaps if we didn’t have to spend time thinking about arming our TEACHERS, the United States could be ranked higher than 17th in worldwide education. This madness has to stop,” wrote “Frozen” star Josh Gad, who vowed to take political action on gun control after learning a friend’s son was one of the 17 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Florida.

At the event, in which families and survivors of school shootings were invited to the White House to speak directly to the president, Trump proposed that one solution to the recent rash of deadly school shootings might be to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he said.

His critics were quick to point out that putting guns in schools simply raises the possibility of making deadly shootings more likely. On Thursday, Trump doubled down on his position, pointing to video games, movies as the causes of violence in addition of calling for teachers to be armed.

“I am so glad that our sixth-grade teacher Mr. Rock, who used to smack kids on the top of the head with his knuckle when he thought they got out of line, didn’t have a gun,” director Judd Apatow wrote.