March 18, 2018

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"They hit only about 15.4 percent of their shots, most of these from near-touching distance".

But the would-be shooter stops cold in his tracks. "The alternative - if something happens and there are no [school resource officers] available or armed teachers - then the alternative is fatalities, both students and faculty, just like what happened in Florida". The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects the people's right to own arms - nowadays, Americans are very proud of this amendment. I've tried to imagine scenarios of how that would actually work. We might want to start with smaller school populations where it would be much easier to provide better security, not to mention a better chance at a decent education. "You do a concealed carry permit", Trump said.

Trump tweeted Thursday that he wanted to "look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best". How would teachers, already drowning in paperwork and responsibilities not directly related to actual teaching, find the time for weapons training?

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took Trump to task for that remark.

Trump originally floated the idea to arm teachers in school at a White House listening session last week held after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this month.

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USA Today published an opinion piece about arming teachers by conspiracy theorist and InfoWars Washington bureau chief Jerome R. But Hicks also knew when to pick her battles, at times siding with Trump against other staff, arguing that he knew best.

The reality is that this is one of the worst ideas ever to confront the problem of school shootings, and will only make a tragic situation worse. We asked teachers all over the country, this is what they said. To me, and I'm sure to many others, there is only one answer - gun reform. Get the assault rifles out of the hands of the general public, and then maybe we can talk.

Hopefully, even the president recognizes what Zeif is going through as something he should never have to do.

CLEAR CREEK ISD: Does not have a policy on arming teachers.

How has your school or district reacted to the national debate over school safety? That's like suggesting all a drowning victim needs is more water.

Oliver began the discussion by airing video of Trump saying, "We need to let people know - you come into our schools, you're going to be dead, and it's going be fast". Around this same time, a report from Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality revealed that adults in the United States tend to view Black girls as "less innocent" and more adult than white girls. To prevent the trigger from being pulled, we need to ensure that guns don't get into the hands of would-be mass shooters in the first place. Until that happens in the USA, no one can consider themselves to be "safe". There's nothing at the professional development meetings that tell teachers how to feel after they kill someone. The administration of many public districts spend their funding in questionable ways, leaving many schools understaffed and without supplies and activities for students. They're constantly looking over their shoulders, anxious they could be the next victim.

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