After Parkland shooting, Trump calls for teachers to be armed


After Parkland shooting, Trump calls for teachers to be armed

Niles Niemuth

24 February 2018

President Donald Trump is leading the charge to flood schools across the country with armed teachers and staff as the supposed solution to the epidemic of deadly school shootings in the US, a week after a shooting by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 and injured 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The president’s draconian proposals to further militarize schools come amid a growing wave of popular protests and student walkouts across the country, led by survivors of the Parkland shooting who are demanding stricter gun control laws and an end to school shootings. Nationally coordinated student walkouts and demonstrations are planned for March 14 and 24.

Walkouts were reported across the country Friday, including at schools in Austin, Texas, Greensboro, North Carolina and Palm Beach, Florida. Lawyers in Wisconsin have offered free legal assistance to any students in the state who are punished by school administrators for walking out of class.

Stoneman Douglas High survivors have confronted legislators, primarily Republicans, over their opposition to gun control measures and for receiving funding from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a far-right run political lobbying organization which has immense sway within the US political system, among Republicans as well as Democrats.

Speaking Thursday at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump repeated his call for the elimination of the federal “gun-free zone” law which makes it a crime for anyone who does not have explicit authorization to carry guns into schools or other public buildings.

“It is time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers,” Trump…

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