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Trump Confirms And Denies He Wants To ‘Give Teachers Guns’ In Incoherent Tweet

I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to lying, no one can match Donald Trump. It’s something we’ve come to expect every time he opens his mouth. But Twitter exploded on Thursday when he fired off a tweet denying that he suggested giving teachers guns to prevent mass school shootings and somehow ended up admitting to it.

President Trump in a series of tweets early Thursday denied that he suggested arming teachers, instead saying he would consider giving trained teachers concealed weapons.

Trump said he suggested at a White House meeting giving concealed guns to “teachers with military or special training experience,” adding that a gun free school is a “magnet for bad people.”

“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,” Trump tweeted.

“20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions,” Trump said before adding: “a ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”

He added that “highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches” could serve as a deterrent to prevent future school shootings.

“History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes,” he tweeted. “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!” he said.

The tweets come after Trump held a listening session Wednesday with students and teachers who survived the Florida high school shooting last week, which left 17 people dead.

During the session, Trump remarked on the controversial idea of arming teachers and administrators with concealed guns.

“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, that could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump said.

“We’re going to be looking at that very strongly,” he added.

Twitter users were quick to respond to Trump’s absurd denial:

Here are some of the responses:

Since the Florida school shooting, students have become vocal advocates for gun control, demanding that lawmakers act to prevent future shootings.


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