"A 'gun free' school is a magnet bad people. Attacks would end," Trump tweets Thursday and stars are baffled.
Donald Trump revealed this week that his solution to preventing more school shootings is arming teachers, and Hollywood doesn't think that's the brightest idea.
"We don’t pay our teachers enough to TEACH. Now these fools want them to double as armed security," John Legend tweeted Thursday. " Meanwhile our kids are the active shooter drill generation."
The president suggested on Wednesday while meeting with Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors that certain teachers come into their classrooms equipped with a gun, and took to Twitter Thursday morning to rail on the media for allegedly misreporting his remarks.
Here's the president's latest Twitter rant:
"I never said 'give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake news CNN and 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. 20 percent of teachers, a lot would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.
Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A 'gun free' school is a magnet bad people. Attacks would end. History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average three minutes. It takes police and first responders approximately five to eight minutes to get to [the] site of the crime. Highly trained, gun adept teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly before police arrive. Great deterrent.
If a potential 'sicko shooter' knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and other) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won't go there. Problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won't work. I will be strongly pushing comprehensive background checks with an emphasis on mental health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of bump stocks. Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue -- I hope.
What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
Barbra Streisand, Mark Ruffalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Cher and "Kim Possible" producer Robert Schooley are among those in Hollywood ridiculing Trump's proposed solution to gun violence in schools. Take a look at the reaction below.
.@realDonaldTrump, Teachers don’t need guns in schools. They need a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 22, 2018
Since we have made AR15s easier to buy we have seen more mass shootings. More guns, more easily had = more mass murders. Australia outlawed this type of gun, never happened again. Less guns = less mass murder. It’s simple. Putting more guns in schools will = more shootings.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 22, 2018
Teachers should have guns.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 22, 2018
Principals should have guns.
Waiters should have guns.
Tailors should have guns.
Doctors should have guns.
Nurses should have guns.
Uber drivers should have guns.
Dogs should have guns.
Cats should have guns.
Guns should also have other guns.
So Trump's response to the Florida massacre is to arm teachers with guns?!?!? JESUS CHRIST!!!! pic.twitter.com/vGZbwBQQtn— Tony Maudsley (@TonyMaudsley1) February 22, 2018
World:— Omid Djalili (@omid9) February 22, 2018
We will forget EVERYTHING you’ve ever done. EVER. Ban guns now & be a hero FOREVER.
So how about we give teachers guns?
Don’t let @RealDonaldTrump fool you: in the wake of mass shootings, he’s gutted existing gun laws and made kids less safe. @DemocracyFwd and @giffordscourage uncovered the dangerous actions he's already taken on guns: https://t.co/4pSJxP1For— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) February 22, 2018
Why isn't every headline today, "Trump offers worst solution to guns in schools crisis?"— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 22, 2018
So instead of banning guns trump now wants to arm teachers. Is this guy for real?— Tyger Drew-Honey (@tyger) February 22, 2018
Teachers Slam Trump’s Call For More Guns In Schools: ‘Are You F**king Insane?’ - HuffPost https://t.co/iRLviGEdgM— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 22, 2018
Let’s remember, now that Republicans are calling for mental health checks, @realDonaldTrump revoked the Obama-era law that protected against people with mental illnesses acquiring guns. #NeverAgain https://t.co/MAExKEnNON— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 21, 2018
No1Wants Ur Precious Guns.WE WANT LAWS WHICH WILL PROTECT THE REST OF US‼️YOU KNOW...20,Five Yr Old’s 👼🏻Who Skipped Off 2 School,Ppl Who Went To The Movies, Dancing,More School Kids,Ppl— Cher (@cher) February 22, 2018
Who❤️Country Music,Ppl At Church,17 Young Ppl Living Their Day,Planning Their Lives🙏🏼
My children are asleep next to me in “mama’s bed.”— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 22, 2018
And as I stare in total awe of their sweetness, I have an indescribable pit in my stomach.
I don’t know how to keep them safe.
Ooops. You spelled "...are Sales People and Promoters of Domestic Terror for Profit. They love making money and will do anything to help SELL MORE GUNS!" wrong. https://t.co/ijBN0uq9Nr— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) February 22, 2018
This is all very good news, Mr President. But please abandon the idea of arming teachers - their job is to teach, not kill. https://t.co/aRAYmBNBFz— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 22, 2018
We don’t pay our teachers enough to TEACH. Now these fools want them to double as armed security. Meanwhile our kids are the active shooter drill generation.— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 21, 2018
trump’s answer to school Shootings IS NOT SENSIBLE GUN REFORM LAWS.trump WANTS KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS TO GO STRAPPED INTO CLASSROOM OF 5 YR OLDS🤬.REALLY trump🙄THATS”ALL”U GOT⁉️THE SHOOTER’S GOT A MILITARY WEAPON,WITH HIGH CAPACITY MAGS‼️— Cher (@cher) February 22, 2018
My teachers could never remember where they put the “good” marker, but yeah, I’m sure they’ll handle those guns like a pro— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 22, 2018