On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump sat down for a listening session with survivors of school shootings and victims’ families, including those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and others. Among the ideas thrown out by participants on how we can put a stop this seemingly never-ending cycle of gun violence, Trump seemed most taken with one gentleman who suggested we arm teachers and even undercover officers posed as custodial workers.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump noted, when it was his turn to speak. “It only works when you have people very adept at using firearms, of which you have many,” he later added. “It would be teachers and coaches.”
The president’s remarks quickly became the subject of controversy, as it seems like common sense that the solution to this problem isn’t to have more guns in schools. After his quotes were taken out of context (but not really) by the media, Trump lashed out in a Thursday morning tweetstorm.
“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC,” the president tweeted. He then went on to explain exactly why he wants to give teachers guns.
For what it’s worth, he then followed up a few minutes later with a few more productive-sounding ideas:
As many are also pointing out — because There’s A Tweet For Everything — the president’s new ideas on guns in classrooms come as a stark contrast from May of 2016 Donald Trump:
Such quaint times we were living in, when even the thought of a presidential candidate advocating for guns in schools seemed absurd.