Trump Slammed After Falsely Denying He Suggested Giving Teachers Firearms Even Though It's On Video And In A Tweet

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks during a listening session with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survivied last weeks mass shooting (L-R) Jonathan Blank, Julie Cordover and Carson Abt and others in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is hosting the session in the wake of last week's mass shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Slammed After Falsely Denying He Suggested Giving Teachers Firearms Even Though It's On Video And In A Tweet

The president has also been called out for reminding himself to tell shooting victims, "I hear you."

Published February 22, 2018

After holding a listening session with victims of mass shootings at schools, President Donald Trump was criticized for suggesting the way to keep schools safer is to put guns in the hands of trained teachers. 

Many people, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), have expressed a lack of support for the president's idea. 

Eventually, the topic of arming teachers quickly became a focal point of the debate surrounding gun violence, resulting in the president denying that he said what he actually said. 

  1. "If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we're going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it. But the good thing is you're going to have a lot of [armed] people with that," the president said. 

    Trump then went on to suggest that athletic director Chris Hixon, who was killed during the shooting while trying to help students, could have saved more lives if he'd been armed.

    "He wouldn't have had to run, he would have shot, and that would have been the end of it."

    He later went on to speak against gun-free zones around schools.

    "A gun-free zone to a maniac, because they're all cowards, a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and attack,' " Trump said. "I really believe if these cowards knew that the school was well-guarded from the standpoint of pretty much having professionals with great training, I think they wouldn't go into the schools to start with, it would pretty much solve your problem."

  2. The president was immediately called out for telling grieving parents and survivors that more guns are the answer
  3. On Thursday morning, the president ranted on twitter and said he never suggested giving teachers guns
  4. Only to later tweet that a "large number of very weapons talented teachers" could stop a shooter
  5. Additionally, a photo of Trump's note card that he held during the listening session revealed his fifth talking point was to say "I hear you"
  6. People could not believe the president had to remind himself to be compassionate (then again, maybe they could)

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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