Trump: Armed Teachers Could Have Stopped Oregon Massacre
Donald Trump suggested a pro-gun solution to the Umpqua Community College shooting, arm teachers.
Speaking on Saturday, the Republican presidential candidate called on the government to legislate a program that would allow teachers to arm themselves and defend students.
“By the way, it was a gun-free zone,” he said at a campaign event in Franklin, Tennessee. “Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off.”
“In fact, I have a license to carry in New York, can you believe that? Nobody knows that,” he said.
“Can you imagine? Somebody says, ‘There’s Trump, he’s easy pickings.’ What’d you’d say?” Trump said, mimicking holding a gun with his hand.
Nine people were killed and nine others were injured in Thursday’s shooting. Law enforcement officials on Saturday said Chris Harper-Mercer, the shooter behind the deadly rampage, killed himself after exchanging gunfire with authorities.
Trump’s suggestion for an armed presence on school grounds isn’t new. In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for armed security at schools across America.
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