In a meeting with parents, teachers and students affected by school shootings over the past two decades, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is considering arming teachers with concealed guns.
The president, a strong supporter of gun rights, has been under increased scrutiny after last week’s mass shooting that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
But Trump’s solution to weaponize educators triggered widespread condemnation throughout the Twitterverse, with one calling it “asinine.”
“Absolutely asinine that the solution to the problem of gun violence is…more guns! In what realm of logic does that make any sense?” asked one. “This s—show Trump roundtable is just that- a damn s—show. Did the NRA sponsor this? Did they hand out talking points? Unbelievable.”
“So after hearing from all these students and parents who have witnessed gun massacres, all
@realDonaldTrump got out of this exercise is what the @NRA already [fed] him: more guns in schools and arming teachers,” Tweeted MSNBC host Joy Reid.
Even “Jesus Christ” chimed in, telling his followers on Twitter:
Arm the teachers.
More gun sales. Trump wins. NRA win.
Schools. I promise you, I absolutely promise you will not win.
You have my word.
I'm sorry I've been a bit more politically vocal over the past few days. I shouldn't be bias. But this is too important.
— Jesus Christ (@ResurrectedDude) February 21, 2018
See more reaction below:
— Thomas (@ThomasKelsey) February 21, 2018
Donald Trump with an unprecedented strategy, arming teachers. He is determined to help gun lobby https://t.co/SVGL0UL3Sl
— Geopolitika Consulting (@geopconsulting) February 21, 2018
Absolutely asinine that the solution to the problem of gun violence is…more guns! In what realm of logic does that make any sense? This shitshow Trump roundtable is just that- a damn shitshow. Did the NRA sponsor this? Did they hand out talking points? Unbelievable.
— Steph Burton (@stephbodie27) February 21, 2018
So after hearing from all these students and parents who have witnessed gun massacres, all @realDonaldTrump got out of this exercise is what the @NRA already fes him: more guns in schools and arming teachers.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 21, 2018
the @nra gave treasonous trump the incestuously inclined shithearted misogynistic cowardly white supremacist conman the agenda:
1. sell more guns for teachers
2. sell more guns for security officers
3. don't talk about gun control say how selling guns is the best solution.
— flames from the sky (@AppsFALYF) February 21, 2018
Trump laid out his plan to end gun violence… It's a plan that will result in higher gun sales… He is a monster…
— Joe Krois (@joek1228) February 21, 2018
Make no mistake: the Trump White House will attempt to use the Parkland tragedy to militarize our schools and further profit gun manufacturers.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 21, 2018
Just heard Trump sneakily promote "concealed carry reciprocity" which is a NRA program. This would result in gun toting teachers and simply more more guns. https://t.co/VNKrNa4wO2
— Brian Worgan (@bworgan) February 21, 2018
They played right into Trump and the NRA's agenda. Trump just announced schools should no longer be a gun free zone , train the teachers and give them firearms.
— Edward DeLoach (@bubbadeloach) February 21, 2018
So you can't say he hasn't given the problem his best thinking. https://t.co/PDtRqP8sWE
— Paul Wells (@InklessPW) February 21, 2018