If you had any doubts about Donald Trump's exploding insanity, yesterday should have put them to rest -- because yesterday he floated his solution to school shootings. Amanda Holpuch and Paul Owen report in The Guardian that:
The US president on Wednesday held a listening session at the White House with survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting and others affected by gun violence, telling them “teachers and coaches” who were “very adept at using firearms” could be armed.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he said.
Think about that for a moment. Trump believes that a designated number of teachers should be qualified marksman -- perhaps snipers. He elaborated on his proposal:
“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @nbc,” he said. “What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best.
“Twenty percent of teachers, a lot, would now be able to … immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards.”
He added: “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END! History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime. Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!”
Although he claims to have gone to the best schools, it's painfully obvious that he doesn't know how they work. Armed faculty would -- always -- be a provocation. They would increase the likelihood of violence, not deter it.
In his book, Fire and Fury, Michael Wolf reports that Rupert Murdoch has voiced the opinion that Trump is a "fucking idiot." For once in my life, I find myself agreeing with Murdoch.