Former US President Donald Trump believes that American teachers who have received special training should be given the right to carry weapons in schools. His words are reported on Friday, May 27, by the New York Post.
According to the publication, speaking at the US National Rifle Association convention in Houston, Trump put forward a number of policy proposals to improve school safety. Among other things, he proposed allowing teachers to discreetly carry firearms.
“We must all agree that our schools should not be the weakest targets. On the contrary, they should be the most inaccessible targets,” Trump said.
Thus, the ex-President of the United States condemned the reaction of the current American leader Joe Biden to the tragedy, in which he blamed the “arms lobby”.
In addition, Trump called for increased funding and improved recruitment and training of police officers across the country.
The former owner of the White House also made a proposal to equip all national educational institutions with metal detectors, as well as to establish a rule according to which a police officer or security guard should be on duty in every school.
He stressed, “If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, the country should be able to do everything it can to keep our children safe.”
Trump’s remarks came amid public outcry following the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The victims were 18 children and three adults. It was also specified that two law enforcement officers were among the victims.
The assailant was identified: it turned out to be 18-year-old Salvador Roma, a student at Uvalde High School, so he easily entered the building. Before opening fire at an elementary school, he also shot his 66-year-old grandmother. She is alive but in critical condition.
After the incident, American leader Joe Biden issued a call to challenge the gun lobby.
In the U.S., free-to-carry weapons are legal in most states. The most loose gun ownership regulations exist in the states of Maine, Louisiana, and Alaska. In 43 states, the acquisition of weapons does not require obtaining licenses or registration.