Trump Mocks School Gun Free Zones, Urges “Hardened” Schools, Armed Trained Teachers

I can’t give you the exact quotes, but President Donald Trump just trashed the nationwide concept of “gun free” school zones.

He argued that schools should be come “hardened sites” which give prospective shooters the knowledge that there might be armed employees ready to shoot them.

Trump pointed out that school shootings last about three minutes on the average, while it take eight minutes for police to arrive.

He mentioned former members of the military who work for schools should be allowed to carry concealed weapons and be paid extra.

They would not be identifiable, so a shooter would not know who was armed and who was not.

“We need offensive as well as defensive measures,” the President said.

Having such internal protection would deter shooters, whom he characterized as “cowards.”

Now, let me take you back to the year 2000 when I lost my seat in the Illinois House on this very issue.

When I was interviewed by the Daily Herald, I was asked what I thought about the recent Columbine School massacre.

With the reporter covering the race in the room, I replied that I only wished the teachers who had given their lives to protect their students had had guns and been about to “take out a couple of the squirrels.”

Sometime after that I got a call from the Daily Herald reporter saying that Jack Roeser had  put an article in his publication praising a teacher in a Southern state who had gone to his car in the school parking lot with a kid threatening to shoot students, gotten his long gun and returned to intimidate the young man.

One of my opponent’s supporters had told the reporter that since Roeser was supporting me that I favored allowing teachers to carry guns.

Guilt by association, but what the heck, it was a campaign.

Having told the editorial board member what I did with the reporter in the room, I couldn’t very well deny the charge.

I figured the NRA might be able to help me craft a suitable reply.

The NRA was useless.

Later I was told that Federal law prohibits guns in schools, so it couldn’t be a state issue.

The attack went on throughout Chicagoland for three days, ending with a report on traffic news.

On the second day Carol Marin, trying to become the permanent head person on CBS local news sent a reporter with camera to interview me before a WYLL-FM (Christian radio station) interview.

“Aren’t you afraid that one of your son’s teachers might shoot him [if they were armed]?”

Hoping to look incredulous, I replied that I had no fear whatsoever that any of my son’s teachers would shoot him.

In retrospect, what a stupid question.

Two years later, discussing this change of events with Ted Semon, my campaign manager and sometime driver when I ran for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket, every time we saw a gun free zone sign, Ted would observe that we were in another “protection free zone.”

Let me add a family story that I believe is relevant.

My Grandfather, Roy Skinner, lived in Elkton, Maryland, during a crime spree bout 1940.

The Mayor decided to swear in fifty secret deputies

The criminals did not know who had been given the chrome handguns and badges.

The crime spree ended.

Much the same thing happened in Florida with regard to carjackings.

The first thing authorities noticed was that the people driving such cars had identifiable rental car plates.

In response, such plates were changed to regular plates.

Still, there were carjackings.

What solved the problem was the enactment of concealed carry in Florida.

Picture yourself a crook pulling up next to a car, trying to stop the adjacent driver and wondering if he or she had a handgun in the glove compartment.

We stopped hearing about Florida carjackings after that.

Now, let me bring it into McHenry County.

One of my son’s teachers had a stuffed deer head in his classroom.

Before my son left the school, I asked the teacher if he were allowed to carry a firearm in school, would he be willing to do so.

He said he would.

While President Trump stressed he was advocating “hardening” schools with trained retired military personnel who had become teachers, I think the definition of who schools could allow to become part of an on-sight defense system could be broadened,

Test them periodically, as the President advocated, but why limit them to those have served in the Armed Forces.


Trump Mocks School Gun Free Zones, Urges “Hardened” Schools, Armed Trained Teachers — 48 Comments

  1. This is why we elected him. He understands truth and is not brainwashed like those frightened pathetic losers that hate everything we stand for.

  2. So how does the narrative square with the Bronx teacher arrested for making bombs and enlisting students to help him last week?

    I’d think this thing through, before jumping on the “lets arm the teachers” mania.

  3. D J, are you actually that dense ?

    NOBODY was killed or hurt and the Leftist/DEMOCRAT teacher was apprehended
    before his sick twisted plan got off the ground.

    Not much critical thought going on in your head, eh ?

    Talk about mania.

  4. Guess people missed the part where the President said we should raise the age to own a firearm to 21.

    That was about 2 or 3 days after endorsing Mitt Romney.

  5. Harden the schools with guards and with some trained and capable teachers who will carry. This can be paid for by disbanding most of the U.S. Department of Education and using most its $60B+ budget to protect our children. Of course, there are numerous other measures needed including solutions for mental health. Determine the root causes for persons such as the one at Parkland on Feb 14. When did his problems start? Before birth, as an infant, as a toddler, in grammar school, as late as freshman in high school?

  6. I can imagine a teacher snapping and pulling a gun on a student in class.

    Do we really want to go there?

  7. Post of the day goes to Bred once again.
    Abolish the DoE, another big government useless boondoggle wrought
    upon the taxpayers by none other than the DEMOCRAT peanut farmer himself.

  8. And whom will be paying for the firearms that we are equipping teachers with?

    We don’t want our property taxes to go up anymore than they already are!

  9. Abolish the Dept of Ed and give schools back to their communities. Agree Bred and Abe.

    Trump is right again!

    How’s that Gun Free zone thing working in Chiraque?!

    Trump is genius.

    He knows he can offer the Liberals more than any other Politician to date and that they won’t take it.

    He’s willing to lead (the dems into another trap that will reveal who they really are)

    They’LLC complain that it’s turning our schools into prisons.

    Well you give up a lot if you want guarantees.

    And still there’s no guarantee another school atrocity won’t happen.

    An individual can kill another with a freshly sharpened #2 pencil !

  10. My compassionate conservative friends (yes, those self-proclaimed public education experts) insist in being taken seriously. They scream their lungs out insisting guns are not the problem while creatively arguing that more guns are the solution. The truth is obvious. We know these pro-life republicans all too well. They could care less about the lives lost at Parkland or at any other mass shooting anywhere in these beautiful United States. Sunshine blogger, why isn’t your shotgun captioning this story? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  11. How many school mass murders have been committed with #2 pencils? Tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  12. Who will pay for the firearms that the well trained and healthy teachers and administrators will carry? The $60B+ budget of the U.S. Department of Education since it will be abolished or drastically reduced in size. Before Jimmy Carter’s term in office (76-80), there was no Department of Education and somehow our Nation had engineers and scientists and other professionals who designed and built our space program that landed men on the Moon a number of times and all were educated before the Department of Education existed.

  13. Speaking of the U.S. Department of Education, where the h*** have they been the last 20-30 years? Have they suggested solutions to problems such as Parkland? Don’t think so. Can anyone defend that bloated bureaucracy? Aren’t the very, very highly compensated school administrators and teachers (Phd’s, Masters, Bachelor minimum) in States such as Illinois capable of managing the school districts, running the schools, teaching in classrooms?

  14. Believe that the U.S. Air Marshall program is working well. The goofball types that were regularly hijacking planes many years ago know very well that Air Marshalls are deployed and if they attempted anything it would be thwarted.

    Same idea would work with schools and would be needed until some years from now when we all figure out how to vastly curtail violence in our society.

    As we all know, big name politicians, movie stars, the very rich have their own bodyguards who carry. Shouldn’t our children have at least the same protection?

  15. If I am not mistaken, Cal has a CC permit. If he can obtain one, case closed. If more guns in schools is the security answer, why did Fort Bragg get attacked by a shooter. There were armed MP’s there.

    If Cal shoots a firearm like he shoots his camera, he’s a real problem.

  16. Trump pointed out that at Fort Bragg the military had forced military personnel to disarm.

    It was a gun free zone or, more accurately, a protection free zone.

  17. At approximately 1:34 p.m. local time, November 5, 2009, Hasan entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where personnel receive routine medical treatment immediately prior to and on return from deployment. He was preparing to deploy to Iraq with his unit and had been to the Center several times before. He was armed with the FN Five-seven pistol, which he had fitted with two Lasermax laser sights: one red, and one green.[14][15] A Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver (an older model) was later found on Hasan’s person, but he did not use it to shoot any of the victims.[10][16]

    here you go in the no.

    cal, military police were armed and on the scene in minutes. The shooter kicked a handgun out of the trained officer’s hand. Tump knows very little about most history.

  18. Per ABC, Jan 2012

    A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve, less than a week after the baby’s father died of cancer.

    The mother, McKinley, said that she was at home alone with her newborn that night because her husband just died of cancer on Christmas Day.

    “I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son,” McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. “It’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”

  19. Would you suggest there be psychological tests for teachers similar to the one my father took before he was hired to be a trade association executiv?

  20. More deflection: “Abolish the Department of Education”…”when we all figure out how to vastly curtail violence in our society”. Somehow, gun control does not come to pro-life, compassionate conservative minds. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  21. The luna – tic tock teacher/troll checking in this evening.

  22. Is that a moving truck I see coming? Tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeooow…

  23. How about looking at the FBI for not doing their job.

    they can’t all be democrats, can they?

    And now the security guard at the school never went inside while the shooting was going on.

    Great security with guys like him getting paid to do nothing.

    How come that county in Florida has only one school superintendent While Mchenry county has one for each district?

    Low taxes in Florida, HIGH TAXES IN MCHENRT COUNTY.


  24. Who have been the proponents of violence in entertainment? For many decades? Hollywood and the entertainment industry, who are ALL left wing Democrats. They and their associates have been promoting violence and disrespect for women. These despicable Hollywood types, such as Harvey, have violated women and made millions while also making violent movies, tv shows and games.

    They corrupt our youth, society with violence in movies, tv, video games. Also they have been promoting women as sexual objects. Who are these people? Vast, vast majority are liberals and Democrats. They came out in 2016 and strongly supported Hillary who castigated the women who were violated by her husband.

    What did the Obama Administration do when they TOTALLY controlled Congress in 2009-2010 do to protect the lives of children in school? NOTHING. ZERO. NADA. NONE.

  25. Tinkerbelle? You can’t be serious. You don’t know that the FBI is deep state?

  26. Again, my pathetic conservative friends and their useless distractions and deflections; the Left, Hollywood, Socialism, video games, blah, blah, blah, blaaaaaaahhh…Remember this clown in 2016? “tronald j. chump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” However, for some mysterious reason, my compassionate conservative friends are not able to envision a similar strategy for military weaponry on the hands of civilians. How about using this quote from our sexual-assaulter-in-chief and replacing “Muslims entering the United States” for “military assault weapons?” Let’s hear it from our president: “tronald j. chump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of military assault weapons until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Not in a million years, right? The next time a Muslim commits murder, I will send thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims and strongly suggest the need for more good Muslims with a gun to defend us from bad Muslims. I am sure compassionate conservatives will enthusiastically support this proposal. In the meantime, we are still waiting for a picture of our sunshine blogger’s shotgun to caption these wonderful second amendment rights’ stories. Stay tuned…tic, tock, meow, meow, tic, tock…

  27. Extra! Extra! This just in. Ooooops! It turns out there was an armed security officer on campus at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last week’s mass murder. And you read it first in our McHenry county sunshine blog…Don’t worry conservatives, keep up the good work doing the bidding of the nra and proposing useless ideas like turning our schools into war zones…tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  28. Does this make our country great again? When I was in high school in the 60’s we had no fear of being killed when we went to school. Now, I pray every morning that none of my grandchildren get killed at school.
    A quote form Ron White…”you can’t fix stupid”

  29. Looks like one of the frequent commenters here could use a couple of courses in remedial writing and composition. Perhaps there are grammar schools or high schools in McHenry County that offer these classes for adults on weeknights or Saturdays.

  30. Exactly Angel! Now let’s see what this gaggle of deep thinkers comes up with next. Throw another $60 B at it as suggested? Or how about just putting McHenry Blog’s self proclaimed ‘Aristotle” HonestAbe in charge.

  31. Why don’t the ‘legislators’ and their media puppetmasters focus on the psychoses of the public schools’ products, i.e., its students?

    Now it turns out that a stupid and/or lazy (and presumably) armed cop was on-site at the time of the shooting, but did absolutely nothing, except getting out of the school saving his own butt!

    You can’t make this sh## up!

  32. From Hagelian Dialectic Proponent, Saul Alinsky”

    “Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”

    Problem, Reaction, Pre-ordained solution.

  33. Dismantle most of the U.S. Department of Education and its $60B+ budget. What remains could include a school marshal program kind of like the air marshals for our airlines. Then, the Department could be renamed to the “U.S. Department of Education Protection” and would be in existence until this Nation solves its violence.

  34. More cheap deflection. Now Israel. How about Australia? Not in a million years, right? Stay tuned…tic, tock, meow, meow…

  35. All this week, my compassionate conservatives friends have barraged us with their usual deflection from the main issue at stake. Now it is about everything and anything but the guns. The nonsense parade includes, but is not limited to, Hollywood, the families, paid actors, the FBI, the US Department of Education, video games, Israel, Socialism, the Left, the deep state, George Soros, Harvey Weinstein, arming teachers, and the list goes on and on. We know them too well to be fooled into playing their game of distraction and deception. Furthermore, it is evident the total discredit of what used to be their former main argument against gun control. Remember when all we needed was a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun? It turns out the good guy with the gun at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was not enough to prevent 17 families to be shattered forever. I hereby extend an invitation to my pro-life, compassionate conservative brothers and sisters to join the the effort to protect kids, not guns, which ultimately and primarily makes them puppets of the gun manufacturer’s bottom line, the only item on the agenda of the evil nra and its irresponsible, criminal spokesman, Wayne Lapierre. Sunshine blogger, how about that picture of your shotgun? Perhaps you may soften the image a little bit with your cat, but we all get what the message is all about…stay tuned…tic, tock, meow, meow, tic, tock…

  36. The Miami Herald referred to the shooter as a “scrawny misfit.”
    They stated he was isolated by other students.
    Angel, what do you do on a daily basis to help students who find themselves isolated?
    Our schools are a breeding ground for young people who find themselves alone and on the outside.
    As a teacher, what do you do?

  37. CP? As a teacher, he is a Marxist instigator. He is only one of the many brainwashed that are continuing the new world order indoctrination with ‘our children’. As a person posting, he is tottering dangerously close to the lines of being a cyber bully. If he is not a paid instigator, he is truly a moron. I suspect the latter.

  38. Viagra should help Trump’s hardening stance, particularly with his female Playboy base.

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