Trump Says if 5% of Teachers Are Armed, School Shootings Wouldn’t Exist

Trump Says if 5% of Teachers Are Armed, School Shootings Wouldn't Exist

(RepublicanReport.org) – The US saw 135 mass shootings, including three at schools, as of April 24. Speaking to Breitbart News after addressing the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Indianapolis on Friday, April 14, former President Donald Trump suggested a solution to end school shootings. The previous commander-in-chief claimed that if schools nationwide would arm at least 5% of teachers, those qualified and trained to handle firearms who have military or law enforcement backgrounds or training, then the shootings at these institutions would cease.

Former President Trump’s idea echoes his 2018 call to arm up to 20% of teachers after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Yet, when asked recently, Trump attributed the mass attacks to a mental health crisis “caused by drugs.” The GOP primary candidate said, “the drugs are flowing in,” referring to illicit drugs flowing across the southern US border during the Biden administration. To drive his point home, he claimed, “We had it down to about a 32-year-low at the border.”

Trump explained his reasoning for wanting to arm certain educators. “If people thought that randomly the teachers have guns, they wouldn’t go into the schools,” he said. While speaking to the NRA audience, the former president pitched the concept of a tax incentive for qualified employees to arm themselves to protect their students, but he was careful to say the teachers must pass proficiency tests to merit consideration.

Trump also spoke at the NRA convention in Houston, Texas, on May 27, 2022, after the May 24 shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead, and 40 others injured. According to a Texas Tribune report, the former politician chastised Democratic politicians for using the tragedy to push stringent gun regulations, attacking Second Amendment freedoms rather than addressing mental health issues, and hardening schools against random attacks by beefing up lax security.

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