After his initial indications that he might buck the Republican party and their NRA masters on gun legislation, President Trump reversed course and called for a response to the recent Florida school massacre that would only bring more guns into schools by training and arming teachers.
Now, we’ll get to find out whether having a personal stake in the matter will affect his decision making in regards to gun legislation.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, the school attended by Barron Trump, his son with his third and current wife Melania, is one of more than 100 schools in the Greater Washington, D.C. and Maryland area whose principals signed an open letter demanding that the president and Congress do more to solve the epidemic of gun violence without the arming of teachers.
The letter, published today in The Baltimore Sun, was signed by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School head Robert Kosasky.
“We urge our president, our Congress, and our state leaders to enact specific, rigorous measures to reduce gun violence in our society, particularly in our schools,” read the entreaty.
“We need a robust system of registration and background checks, with a particular eye toward weapons capable of rapidly firing a vast number of deadly shots.
We need stronger mental health services and more effective communication among agencies responsible for the well-being of children, adults and families.
What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.”
Published on a day when thousands of high school students across the country are walking out of classrooms to demand strict gun regulations, regulations that will lead to safer schools, the letter re-emphasizes the belief by most educators that arming teachers is a horrendous idea that will only lead to more guns and more violence in schools.
Let’s hope that Barron decides to bring a letter from the principal home from school today… and that his father not only reads it but changes his mind because of it.
Given Trump’s reputation for being a distant and uninvolved parent, however, it would be best not to hold your breath too long waiting for anything to happen.