Trump Wants To Arm Teachers
Speaking at the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas, President Trump called again for arming teachers, saying, “We support the Second Amendment, not only because we believe in freedom, but also because we trust in everyday, talented, wonderful people … And by the way, these teachers, they love their students. And they are not going to let anybody hurt their students. But you have to give them a chance.”
Such measures are supported by the NRA.
Trump then transitioned to make the basic point that being armed is part of being free and is characteristically American, saying: “In America we trust the people to be wise and to be good. We trust them to take responsibility for themselves, their families, and their communities. And that is why in America we have always trusted the people to bear arms.”
With Republican control of the U.S. Congress up for grabs in November’s midterm elections, Trump used the NRA platform to members that the Democrats are determined to take away Americans’ guns.
Trump made no mention of gun-control proposals he tentatively floated in the past that the NRA opposes as a violation of the right to gun ownership under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Democratic lawmakers generally support tighter gun laws.
“Your Second Amendment rights are under siege. But they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “We’ve got to get Republicans elected.”
“The one thing that stands between Americans and the elimination of our Second Amendment rights has been conservatives in Congress,” he said.
Days after the Parkland shooting, Trump promised action on gun regulation and at a gathering of state officials, he said of the NRA: “We have to fight them every once in a while.”
The administration is pursuing a proposed regulatory ban on “bump stocks,” which enable a semi-automatic rifle to fire a steady stream of bullets.
“Our hearts break for every American who has suffered the horrors of this school shooting,” Trump said of the Parkland shooting.
He has expressed support for measures that would extend the background check system to all gun purchases, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and seize guns temporarily from people reported to be dangerous.
Trump has since endorsed legislation aimed at providing more data for the background check system.