Trump just unveiled his plan to arm teachers in front of mass school shooting survivors and grieving parents

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Today, the President of the United States sat down with a group of school shooting survivors and their families in order to hold a “listening session” on the epidemic of gun violence that is devastating American communities and killing tens of thousands of people a year.

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The session began on the wrong foot after it became clear that none of the survivors from last Wednesday’s Stoneman-Douglas high school who have spoken out about gun control were in attendance – students we later learned weren’t even invited to the meeting.

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In a sadly predictable turn of events, far from offering any actual solutions to the crisis, the President doubled down on the rhetoric that his donors in the National Rifle Association parrot every time somebody commits mass slaughter with their legally purchased assault rifle – more guns in school.

The president also suggested that we employ armed veterans to patrol our schools, turning the places of learning for children into prison-like fortresses.

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Ignoring the fact that there was an armed guard at Stoneman-Douglas highschool who wasn’t able to do anything in the chaos, on any number of levels this idea is absolutely preposterous. The idea that our nation’s underpaid and overworked teachers be handed pistols and taught to treat their students like potential threats at all times is as dangerous as it is deluded – and was immediately met with a furious outcry on social media by veterans, teachers, and concerned citizens from all levels of society.

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The refusal of President Trump and the right-wing political establishment to acknowledge the root of the problem – easy access to dangerous firearms – makes any discussion utterly useless and counterproductive. More guns is the last thing that this country needs – and the fact that the President of the United States is embracing this kind of absurd nonsense is a dangerous sign that once again, little will be done to fix the problem of gun violence in our nation.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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