After meeting with survivors of the Parkland school shooting on Wednesday, it seems that President Trump’s plan for how to deal with the problem of guns and gun crime in the United States is to arm teachers, a suggestion directly from the pages of the NRA playbook.
Most teachers say they have no desire to carry weapons on school grounds, and the practicality of such a change has never been fully explored by those who advocate for it. As a result, Trump is getting criticism for his suggestion that 20 percent of all teachers participate in such a plan.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that Trump should be praised for his “listening session” with the survivors of shootings:
“This is a president who doesn’t just listen, he acts. So, I predict on his watch, things will change. And people will feel like school safety and public safety are much enhanced because he is the president.”
As for those who have criticized the president’s suggestions on how to deal with the gun issue, Conway declared that anyone who does so is somehow disrespecting the survivors who met with Trump on Wednesday:
“The small discussion yesterday about the possibility of allowing some educators and administrators to be armed at some schools, to focus on that alone today is disingenuously covering the fuller discussion yesterday. And frankly, it’s disrespectful to the people who are in that room raising any number of different issues.”
Conway also took a moment to try and convince us all that Trump is able to deal with pressing national issues because he’s not a politician:
“I think it benefits us all that you have a non-politician in the White House behind me because he can see this with a certain clarity that others perhaps cannot. There cameras were on the whole time too and everybody should appreciate that.”
Clarity? That word doesn’t belong anywhere near the name of Donald Trump.
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