I feel better already, just knowing he "hears" us:Actual AP photo of the President's notes during the listening session (Carolyn Kaster) pic.twitter.com/jQtBvYTP3g— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 21, 2018
“If the coach had a firearm in his locker when he ran at this guy — that coach was very brave, saved a lot of lives I suspect — but if he had a firearm, he wouldn’t have had to run, he would have shot and that would have been the end of it,” Trump said.
“Gun-free zone, to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘Let’s go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us,” Trump said, wondering aloud about arming “20 percent of your teaching force.”
You know, you can't say that people who shoot up public places are "maniacs" who are also rational enough not to want to take return fire. Either they are "mentally ill" (but only if white!) or they are vicious heartless killers. I go with the latter, but I don't think the act itself is in any way rational, and most such shooters end up killing themselves rather than be caught alive. So I don't think a "gun-free zone" is the allurement Trump thinks it is. Then again, I'm more rational than Trump, obviously.
“You can’t have 100 security guards in Stoneman Douglas, that’s a big school,” he said. “It’s a massive school with a lot of acreage to cover, a lot of floor area, so that would be certainly a situation that is being discussed a lot by a lot of people.”
“You’d have a lot of people that’d be armed, that’d be ready, they are professionals, they may be Marines that left the Marines, left the Army, left the Air Force, and they are very adept at doing that. You’d have a lot of them and they would be spread evenly through the school.”
So they'd have positions as armed guards? Rather than being teachers whose duties keep them in a classroom or moving about the campus at different hours? Basically we make our schools into armed camps? This is your solution?
The President said he believed “that if these cowards knew that the school was well-guarded from the standpoint of having pretty much professionals with great training, I think they wouldn’t go into the school to start off with.”
“I think it could very well solve your problem,” he said.
Should we remind him of the guy who walked into a military base and shot the place up?
“So we’ll be doing the background checks, we’ll be doing a lot of different things, but we’ll certainly be looking at ideas like that.”
Don't do us any favors.
I know a lot of ex-Marines. My brother in law is ex-Green Beret. Sure, they'll take jobs as school teachers for suck pay, just for the chance of shooting a bad guy one day at school. Sure, the schools can pay mercenaries to stand around like bodyguards, waiting to gun down anybody who looks suspicious, because, if you're armed and waiting for somebody to start shooting, you won't wait until the shooting starts, to start shooting.
What, you'd have a death wish? The guy who shoots first wins. This ain't the movies. And we have about 98,000 public schools in the country; we'd need about 980,000 ex-Marines and ex-Army and ex-Air Force to put just 10 such people on a campus. And would that be enough? Do we have 980,000 ex-military waiting to be armed school guards?
So a minimum of 1 million armed guards, paid for by, what? School taxes? Sure, who needs textbooks, we gotta provide safety! And imagine the gun contracts alone! The NRA would die from the orgasmic bliss of the very thought. So sure, that'll work. We just need 1-3 million ex military "adept at firearms" walking our school campuses like they were prison camps, ready to shoot the person they think is shooting up their school.
God help them if they get it wrong:
I was in the sound booth inside the auditorium when the fire alarm rang. I decided I would stay behind because what could possibly go wrong? I then hear the banging on the doors of the auditorium, and I run downstairs to see a hundred people banging on the door. I quickly opened the doors to let the people in and see my coach running inside for safety.The SWAT team was there after the shooting stopped. What if it was an armed guard, instead, and the shooting was still active? Would he shoot first and ask questions later? Or not shoot, and get blamed for not stopping the shooting sooner?
I was scared, and I ran to the safest place possible, which was the sound booth again. I start to pace back and forth because I did not know what was going on ― and the people in the audience saw me. They saw me, and they panicked because I was matching the same description of Nikolas Cruz. I had the same clothes, same hair color, same facial structure somewhat. ... And they reported me.
I was just hiding up there. I had no idea what was going on. Then the door started to rattle. At first, the only thought that came to my mind was,“I’m going to die, the shooter is going to kill me.” But then SWAT comes in, and I thought they were here to rescue me. But then as I go down the stairs, I find out that I was wrong.
I found out that they thought it was me that killed the 17 people. I go down the stairs, they tell me to put my hands up. I, being the fool that I was, tried putting my phone back in my pocket. They demanded again, and I, not trying to be one of those news stories of someone dying wrongfully because they refused to put their hands up, I just dropped my phone at that moment and kept going.
When I went out those doors, I had six SWAT members pointing their guns at me. I was tossed to the ground. I was unjustly cuffed and held at gunpoint for the degrading and depreciating action of the disturbed individual Nikolas Cruz.
I was then put in a corner with a policewoman guarding me. I knew any move I made would be the end of my life. Throughout the entire event, I only felt two things: I felt fear, as I did not know my future. I did not know if i was going to be let go. I did not know where the terrorist was. ... A the second thing was guilt.
Now look carefully at that photo. Notice the President of the United States has his shirts monogrammed with "45" on them. So he won't forget his place in history. Wonder if he kept his place on the notes. At what point did he say "I hear you"? Inquiring minds want to know.