White House Gun Policy

PUBLISHED: 4:20 PM 12 Mar 2018

White House Unveils Federal Program To Train Armed Teachers

Trump's new plan seeks to arm teachers, present new plans to thwart school shootings.

Trump and DeVos unveiled a plan to arm teachers.

The White House unveiled a new gun policy measure that calls for the creation of a federal program to train armed teachers, according to CNN.

The Trump administration revealed its proposal Sunday night, which also includes some liberal goodies calling for hardening school safety, mental health measures, and tightening background checks.

The main aspect of the measure calls for a federal program to oversee teachers obtaining a legal license to carry a firearm and offers training to ensure they meet the necessary requirements.

The bill aims to have highly trained teachers, who wish to carry a firearm, on school campuses across the country to thwart a potential attacker.

“Today we are announcing meaningful actions, steps that can be taken right away to help protect students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Sunday.

“Far too often the focus has been only on the most contentious fights — the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners,” she continued. “But the plan that we’re going to advance and talk about is a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety and to take steps to do so right away.”

Trump has made it clear hardening security at schools is a top priority, saying the Department of Justice can create a program that works with state and local police to provide personnel firearm training.

The White House has also called for military veterans and retired law enforcement officials to be used to provide security at schools and assist with emergency preparedness activities.

Tightening background checks and installing prevention measures are also detailed in the measure.

In addition to cutting loopholes in background checks, the bill would hold federal agencies accountable if they fail to upload documents on potentially dangerous individuals to the background check system.

The president also said the administration will not seek to raise the legal age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21-years-old.

President Trump’s plan largely calls for implementing tighter gun control measures and background checks as well as allowing the DOJ to create a national program that would train armed teachers.

While Trump’s gun measure features some things for liberals, it doesn’t infringe on Americans right to bear arms.

The bill reaffirms the Trump administration is working to preserve the Second Amendment and ensure schools are prepared to take down a shooter.