Samuel L Jackson Goes In On Trump’s Proposal To Arm American Teachers
Samuel L Jackson has played a massive range of characters over his long career but one thing that's present in nearly all of them is swearing. So, you'd expect nothing less when the 69-year-old went in on President Donald Trump for comments he made following the Parkland school shooting.
Can someone that's been in a Gunfight tell that Muthafukka that's Never been in a Gunfight, the flaws of his Arm The Teachers plan??!!- Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 23, 2018
The Pulp Fiction actor didn't mince his words over Trump's proposal to start arming teachers and other school employees so they can tackle the next mass shooter.
Jackson actually highlights a sentiment that's been promoted by teachers across the country: just because you're armed it doesn't mean you automatically become James Bond and bust out a few rounds to save the day.
But that doesn't seem to matter to Trump, who thinks more guns equals more safety. He wrote a slew of messages on Twitter clearing up what he actually meant when he proposed chucking a gun in an educator's hand
I never said "give teachers guns" like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. 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. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
....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. A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
....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!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
....If a potential "sicko shooter" knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won't go there...problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won't work!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
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He said if a 'sicko' did try to commit another massacre at a school, having 'gun adept' individuals holding concealed weapons would provide a quicker response than emergency services, who, he says, take five to eight minutes to respond to an incident like that.
He added that those staff who do take up a weapon should get a 'yearly bonus'.
Trump reiterated that belief during the Conservative Political Action Conference, telling people: "A teacher would have shot the hell out of Cruz.
"The teachers and the coaches and other people in the building, the dean, the assistant principal, the principal, they love their people, they want to protect these kids."
The Parkland school shooting has again ignited the debate surrounding gun control in America, as it does with every similar tragedy. It seems as though this incident might provoke more of a response than the Las Vegas massacre and Sutherland Springs church shooting, with Trump signalling his support for three measures.
On Twitter he said: "I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!"
But at the end of the day, it will be up to Congress to decide whether those measures get voted in.
In the meantime, it seems as though the Parkland shooting is having an impact on the National Rifle Association, with more than a dozen businesses pulling their support. Car rental companies, airlines, tech security firms and other companies have revoked discounts or benefits to NRA members.
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