So Donald Trump has done it again (a sentence that I could type literally every few minutes every single day because of the frequency with which a shocking comment comes out of his mouth and/or lands on Twitter).
The latest idea from the Oval Office’s orange-faced toddler in response to yet another atrocious school shooting?
Let’s equip America’s teachers with guns.
If you’ve not yet seen the video showing this, here it is with some hilarious editing courtesy of Tom Adlesbach:
As if this proposal is not sufficiently ignorant, idiotic, incomprehensible, insane and irresponsible (to name just a few adjectives apparently all starting with ‘i’), Orange Manchild wasted no time in applying his all too frequent tactic of Backtrack, Spin and Deflect (henceforth known as BSD mainly so that I can joke about Trump’s never-ending BS) tweeting that he is ‘only’ talking about arming about 20% of the nation’s teachers.
Phew, that’s alright then Donald. For a minute there, I thought you actually hadn’t thought this through. By the way, you might want to rephrase savage sicko.
He has also elaborated on (translation: spoken utter gibberish about) this BSD on film. The video includes:
- Trump’s sideswipe at apparent purveyor of fake news, CNN. Hmmm…CNN merely publicised a clip of him actually saying something that he erm…actually did say…
- The line “I don’t want teachers to have guns” (come again? you just said you did)
- And the totally logical explanation that of course only those teachers with proven weapons mastery should be equipped with guns. Their ‘aptitude’ could come from a military background or – wait for it – them having ‘won a shooting contest’.
I’ve been thinking of all the reasons why Trump’s guns for teachers ‘solution’ to the school shooting epidemic is just a shockingly bad idea. I don’t even know where to begin. Luckily, I don’t have to.
So here are 10 of the best tweets I’ve seen in response to Trump’s insane #GunsForTeachers idea.
If there’s one thing Twitter is great for, it’s the humour factor, especially when it comes to people’s replies to Trump’s endless twitter diarrhoea.
Just Some Reasons It’s a Potential for Disastrous Consequences
The American school shooting and out of control gun situation is far from funny and heaven only knows how many more people must die before something is done. But the first of these tweets by a science teacher is a hilarious take on a depressingly desperate situation.
As a teacher, I knocked myself out headbutting ceiling pretending to be a particle, star-jumping off a desk.
I’ve set my arm on fire when lit ethanol trickled down sleeve, from my hand.
I’ve burnt my ear listening if gas was coming out of a bunsen.
Please don’t give me a gun.
— Brian Todd Wilson (@shoremanbrian) February 23, 2018
#gunsforteachers Scenario 2
Active shooter is delayed/distracted by armed teacher returning fire. Police arrive, can’t determine actual shooter and fire on both, injuring shooter and killing teacher.#GunReformNow
— Robert Graham (@CybersecRobert) February 22, 2018
#gunsforteachers Who else had a teacher at school who on at least one occasion ‘lost it’ so badly that if they had been armed you and your friends would be dead now. I’m not even kidding. — Man vs Baby (@mattcoyney) February 22, 2018
Don’t agree with them? See what this teacher did with no outside threat even present!
Why It’s Just Crazy From a Shooting Skills Perspective
In 1981, as Ronald Reagan emerged from the Capitol Hilton, he was surrounded by good guys with guns, all top marksmen, all highly trained.
And he was shot.
So does the @NRA and @POTUS think he would have been saved if he had been protected instead by teachers?
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 22, 2018
The police statistic for trained officers hitting their target is 34%. That means 66% of these shots hit something or someone else.
Now let’s imagine how inaccurate teachers with guns will be in situations that they have never been in.
Will this save lives or cost even more?
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) February 23, 2018
How on Earth is Trump Proposing to Fund It?!
Despite Trump’s bizarre notion (in that second video) that the problem is practically solved by equipping a core elite of teachers with guns, there are people with the capacity for intelligent reasoning who know otherwise:
@realDonaldTrump wants to arm 20 to 40 percent of nation’s 3.5 million school teachers. Look forward to details of how he will train, protect and pay for 700,000 to 1.4 million teachers with guns. How do teachers feel about that?
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) February 23, 2018
What if we really did arm some teachers with guns… would it really work? #MTPDaily
How much ammo per teacher?
Who pays for the guns?
Who trains the teachers with guns?
What happens to the guns overnight?
Does each classroom have a gun safe?
Is this just for high schools? pic.twitter.com/j7daAIAD26
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 22, 2018
Here you go @realDonaldTrump a mock up marketing plan for your dumbass idea #gunsforteachers #isitok pic.twitter.com/x0F028H8JZ
— Matthew Steven King (@gnikwehttam) February 23, 2018
And How Do People Feel About Trump’s Obvious Misunderstanding of What Teachers Do and Total Disregard for Them and Their Students?
How about instead of giving bonuses for teachers to carry guns, we give teachers bonuses for just being good teachers?
You could take the $70 billion that your stupid wall is going to cost & give each of the 3.2 million teachers in America a $21,875 bonus!
Let the Teachers Teach!
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) February 23, 2018
Please. #ArmMeWith pic.twitter.com/soGXOv8clN
— Katie Austin (@austinkatie_) February 21, 2018
you know, when i said i wanted the real world to be more like harry potter i just meant the teleportation and the butterbeer, not the entire plot of book 5 where the government refuses to do anything about a deadly threat so the teenagers have to rise up and fight back
— Ciara Volkov (@ciara_volkov) February 23, 2018
I thought I’d tweet him too. Strangely, he’s not responded…
And if the Florida shooter had a certain other ‘type’ of name, followed ‘that’ religion and had a darker skin colour, would you still call him mentally disturbed and make it a mental health issue? Or an Islamic fundamentalist and make it a terrorism issue? #NoAnswerRequired
— Absolutely Prabulous (@AbPrabulous) February 15, 2018