Just when you thought United States should do away with guns, President Donald Trump has advocated for more.
Trump’s maxim to solve gun-violence at US school is to arm teachers. So in this case, just simply arm teachers who can take out the attacker in case of any gun-violence incident. Which effectively means, teachers in US schools are all set for arms training.
“An attack has lasted, on average, about three minutes. It takes five to eight minutes for responders, for the police to come in, so the attack is over. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump said at a listening session at the White House with survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting and other gun-violence affected victims on Wednesday.
The event was marked with emotional speeches and tearful adieus to the vicitms of gun-violence in US where nearly 33,000 people are killed in gun-violence every year.
Last week, a gun rampage by an ex-student left 17 people dead at a Florida high school.
Survivors plead before Trump
During the listening session, President Trump was face-to-face with a number of gun-violence victims and their families.
One of the survivors of the Florida school attack was 18-year-old Zeif. In an emotionally charged up exchange with the President, Zeif narrated his conversation with his parents and siblings during the shooting. Screenshot’s of Zeif’s conversation with his parents and siblings had gone viral on social media and become part of the campaign against gun-violence.
Scariest part of it all was knowing my little brother was right above me and not knowing if I would ever see him again. I’ve never really treated him the way he deserved. Not anymore. Seeing his face outside of school was the most relief I had ever felt. My prayers to all. pic.twitter.com/Iq8CHVNXd0
— Uncle Sam Zeif #Douglasstrong (@SzZeif) February 15, 2018
“No brothers or sisters or family members or anyone should ever have to share those texts with anyone,” Zeif said Wednesday while breaking down.
According to a Vox.com report, while as Zeif and his brother survived, one of his best friends was killed in the shooting.
The event came days after outcry over the rampant use and easy availability of guns in the United States.
One of the face of that outcry is Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Gonzalez’s impassioned speech at a gun control rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was all over the internet. She was highly critical of Trump and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.
You want to know something? It doesn’t matter, because I already know. Thirty million dollars,” Gonzalez said in her speech.