At today’s “Listening session” at the White House between Trump and several survivors from last week’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, the President predictably touted an NRA talking point, suggesting that we should arm teachers in schools to protect the students and bring even more guns around children.
Trump: "If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we're going to be looking at it very strongly…but the good thing is you'll have a lot of [armed] people with that." pic.twitter.com/wGRSTDK38o
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2018
Musical icon John Legend called out the Republican Party, citing the glaring conflict of interest of the fact that so many lawmakers are both funded by the NRA and promote the gun lobby’s agenda of selling more guns.
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While the GOP continues to press for even more guns, and even advocate for arming our nation’s teachers – who are educators, not soldiers – Americans as a whole are wary of introducing more weapons into our schools. We don’t need more assault rifles; we need commonsense reforms and restrictions on these weapons of war.
Trump and his party refuse to get to the root of the problem– the ease with which one can purchase a military-grade weapon. Instead, they are pretending that more guns is the solution, which is the exact position of the NRA. If I eat candy every day and end up with 25 cavities, the solution isn’t to get more dental work; it’s to stop eating so much candy. This isn’t an impossible problem.
While the GOP continues its obstinate refusal to act on gun safety in this country, Americans have signaled their utter exasperation with the issue. Midterms are going to deliver an unprecedented blow to this party complicit in the deaths of so many children.