Friday, February 23, 2018

I'm gobsmacked

As an ex-teacher, I am appalled by the suggestions made by Donald Trump in relation to the latest school shooting.

He believes that educators should bring weapons to school to try and deter attacks like the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week that left 17 people dead.

The US President goes on to say that he thinks teachers who bring guns to school should get cash bonuses for their efforts to protect students -up to 40% has been quoted.

I understand his point that, it takes time for the police to respond to a call and in that time many students could be killed or maimed.Does that justify having teachers carrying guns to school? Offer them a bonus to carry a gun and they will all want to sign up.

Schools are meant to be safe havens not battlegrounds stocked up with weapons. Follow Trump's suggestion and we'll be reading about teachers, not outsiders, shooting the pupils.

An increasing number of Americans believe that the answer to the problems is more not less gun control but we know that Donald Trump and other American politicians are funded by the National Rifle Association. Their take on this is that, to stop a bad man with a gun, you need a good man with a gun. They would advocate that every US citizen should carry a weapon in order to protect themselves because the increase in gun sales would bring them huge profits.

If the UK government had suggested that teachers in England should carry guns to protect themselves and their students, I and many of my colleagues would have resigned on the spot.

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