LOCK AND LOAD: Trump calls for arming of teachers, staff in response to Florida school shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the arming of school officials in the wake of last week’s Florida school shooting during which 18 students were reportedly killed.

Responding to criticism he received the day before after suggesting that teachers should be trained in the use of a firearm, the president said that well-armed staff may prevent such tragedies in the future.

“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC”, the president tweeted (https://tinyurl.com/yc3m6jaf). “What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience- only the best.”

“20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards,” Trump continued. “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

The president’s comments followed a gathering at the White House Wednesday in which he was joined by students, parents, and teachers affected by the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting. Parents affected by the Sandy Hook and Columbine massacres were also invited to attend.

After asking the parents for their feedback, one father suggested the possibility of arming teachers, an idea that the president openly embraced. After discussing the suggestion at length, the president said his administration would be looking “very closely” into the option.

The president also on Thursday announced plans to ban bump stocks, gun modifiers that enable semi-automatic firearms to fire more quickly. In addition, he spoke of plans to raise the age requirement to buy a gun from 18 to 21 and called for stricter background checks.

“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health,” he announced on Twitter. “Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue—I hope!”

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WAR ON GUNS: Michael Moore calls for ‘repeal and replace’ of ‘outdated’ Second Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Filmmaker and left-wing activist Michael Moore is calling for the “repeal and replacement” of the “ancient and outdated” Second Amendment.

In a lengthy Facebook post in response to Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting in which 59 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded (https://www.facebook.com/mmflint/posts/10154778028796857), the producer of documentary films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” said the constitutional amendment which protects the right to bear arms must be repealed because it was created “before bullets and revolvers were even invented”.

“This is the sane approach that meets everyone’s needs – everyone, that is, except those of the serial killer, the mass murderer, the violent ex-husband, the disgruntled employee or the disturbed and bullied teenager,” the outspoken Democrat wrote. Calling gun violence a “daily tragedy,” Moore said the time to act is now. “This can come to an end with the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with the 28th Amendment,” he said.

A “28th Amendment,” Moore continued, would demand that “the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence … shall not be infringed.”

“As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner),” he added.

This isn’t the first time that Moore has called for a repeal of the Second Amendment. He called for similar action after a 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado after two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire killing more than a dozen of their fellow students. Moore again called for a repeal of the Second Amendment after police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 children and adults at a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

“We will never eliminate all murder; that’s been with us since Cain killed Abel. But we CAN join the community of enlightened nations where gun violence is that rare occurrence — as opposed to the daily tragedy we now suffer here in the United States of America,” Moore insisted in this most recent appeal.

“We can start with the upcoming midterm election. Let every candidate know: If you take NRA money, we will remove you from office. Then do it,” Moore concluded.

Democrat leaders have also seized on the opportunity to reignite the gun control debate in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

“How many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga said to a group of reporters Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “This must stop, and it must stop now. We were elected to lead.”

Republicans, however, say Democrats are simply capitalizing on the deaths of innocent victims to push their anti-gun agenda.

“I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “The investigation’s not even been completed.”

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