Trump’s school safety plan: Arm teachers yes, age limits for guns no. And put Betsy DeVos in charge.

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The White House released its school safety plan on Sunday, and surprise! Arming teachers is in and raising the minimum wage for buying an assault weapon is out. It’s almost like the plan all along was to do nothing that might strengthen gun laws and instead to find a way to spread guns even more. But don’t worry—the teachers will get “rigorous firearms training,” says the administration that can’t properly vet its own top aides. And to put the cherry on top, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is going to be involved at a high level, chairing a Federal Commission on School Safety. Because what this moment and this issue need is someone expert at enraging students and teachers alike and drawing national mockery. She’ll be in charge of completing the backtracking on age limits, among other things:

“Now, this is not a popular thing to say, in terms of the NRA. But I’m saying it anyway,” Trump said in a Feb. 28 meeting with lawmakers. “You can buy a handgun — you can’t buy one; you have to wait until you’re 21. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. I think it’s something you have to think about.”

But the White House plan released Sunday does not address the minimum age for gun purchases. Pressed by reporters about the apparent backtracking, a senior administration official said the age issue was “a state-based discussion right now” and would be explored by DeVos’s commission.

The only real move Trump’s plan makes on guns is to include the bipartisan “Fix NICS” provision to strengthen the federal background check system so that people who shouldn’t pass background checks are less likely to slip through the cracks. And if you don’t believe this whole plan is intentionally toothless, check this out:

At a political rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked the idea of commissions to solve the nation’s drug epidemic. “Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who’s on a blue-ribbon committee?” Trump said. “The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness.”

Administration officials demurred Sunday night when asked why Trump found commissions an inadequate response to the drug epidemic but an appropriate way to respond to gun massacres.

“There are not going to be one-size-fits-all approaches and solutions, and I think that that is a very cogent argument for having a commission,” said a senior administration official, who would answer questions from reporters only on the condition of anonymity.

“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach” is not in fact a cogent argument. It’s a cliche. A cogent argument would explain why the opioid epidemic and mass shootings needed such very different approaches. Maybe it’s partly because in Betsy DeVos, Trump is sure he’s found someone who won’t propose any inconvenient solutions like actually strengthening gun laws.

Oh, and violent video games. Obviously DeVos’s big blue ribbon panel will be trying to push the blame for shootings onto violent video games.

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dbesh2
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dbesh2

Fly De Voss in for any school shooting.. give her a gun and send her in!
You don’t put people in greater risk and get to stand outside and tell
teachers they have to comply.

Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

Please tell me that this is just another Donnie John attempt at being humorous! PLEASE!

tom+webster
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tom+webster
THIS “MOVEMENT” IS THE WORST IDEA I HAVE EVER HEARD. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IDEA HAS ANY MERIT, NEEDS TO PONY UP FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP. THIS IS ANOTHER PLOY TO TAKE FOCUS OFF MAKING THESE WEAPONS UNAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THEY WERE MADE FOR WAR. THAT IS THE ONLY PLACE THEY SHOULD BE USED,PERIOD. ANYBODY WHO THINKS THIS SOLUTION INTENDS TO TAKE ANYONE’S GUNS, OTHER THAN WAR WEAPONS AWAY, NEEDS TO SPEND AN HOUR OR SO IN FRONT OF THEIR MIRROR, AND ASK WHAT DO I NEED THIS GUN FOR? CERTAINLY NOT FOR HUNTING-YOU CALL THAT SPORT? A 12 GUAGE… Read more »
Bartley Deason
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Bartley Deason

“THIS IS ANOTHER PLOY TO TAKE FOCUS OFF MAKING THESE WEAPONS UNAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.”
And, in addition, it will make a lot more money for the gun manufacturers as all these new guns will have to be purchased (and paid for by the American taxpayer).

Reeby
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Reeby
As a retired educator for 33 years and current sub I have encountered some really dumb ideas from lawmakers regarding education. Arming teachers has to be the most ludicrous one yet. This is popular with Trump and the NRA of course because someone will be purchasing MORE guns to arm teachers. Who is going to pay for the increased liability insurance for teachers and districts in order to have weapons on school grounds? Devos is clueless about public education anyway-No respect for her at all. We just had a student shoot himself in the hand here in Lexington KY. With… Read more »