White House proposes school safety plan, arming teachers
By Daniel Terrill
President Trump meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety on Feb. 22, 2018, at the White House. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House via Facebook)
The White House opted to take cues from gun rights advocates in its proposal for preventing future school shootings with a plan that highlights arming teachers but excludes raising the age limit to buy long guns.
Despite President Trump repeatedly advocating raising the gun buying age from 18 to 21, the White House instead opted to have a panel explore it as an option rather than make it a key component.
“Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!” Trump tweeted on Monday, adding “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”
During meetings on the subject of school safety, Trump said he was willing to buck the National Rifle Association to advance gun laws that would raise the age limit to buy guns and permit law enforcement to “take the guns first, go through due process second.” But after meeting with NRA