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
Amid an otherwise friendly crowd, one student, Samuel Zeif, was brave enough to say what everyone outside of that room was thinking about guns: that amid discussion of arming more people and introducing more weapons into our nation’s schools, perhaps we should consider commonsense restrictions of assault rifles and other weapons of war.
Samuel Zeif, survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, on AR-15 rifles: "The Second Amendment I believe was for defense… but these are not weapons of defense, these are weapons of war." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/WORKmpk7cb
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 21, 2018
While Republicans, whose re-election campaigns are funded by the NRA, have been calling for a windfall of guns in our schools, this student was brave enough to admit that students do not want to be on the front lines of America’s avoidable crisis of an overarmed populace seeking a shootout in the hallway.
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. 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 a difficult 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.