Feb 23, 2018, 2:35 PM ET

Trump says school guards don't 'love the children' as much as teachers

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President Donald Trump Friday continued his call to arm more teachers with guns to protect schools - saying that would be better than a security guard who "doesn't love the children."

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The president made the comment during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He predicted congressional action will "take place very quickly" on improving the background check system and regulating bump stocks - devices that can be used to effectively turn a legal rifle into a machine gun.

Earlier this week Trump directed the Justice Department to draft new regulations to ban bump stocks.

The president continued to say he wants to arm teachers who are trained or have experience with guns and again criticized the school security guard the Broward County Sheriff said failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during last week's shooting in Parkland, Fla. That guard has since resigned.

Trump said that if people think about going into a school to hurt students or teachers, they won't do so if they know people are armed, repeating comments he made in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday morning during which he said schools should no longer be "gun free zones."

"We need people that can take care of our children. We're not gonna let this happen again and the way it's not gonna happen again is that they're basically cowards. Innately, they're cowards," Trump said of gunmen who attack schools. "And if they know bad things happen to them once they get into that school by people who love the children, see a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children. This man standing outside of the school the other day doesn't love the children, probably doesn't know the children. The teachers love their children. They love their pupils. They love their students."

Personnel records show that the deputy who resigned, Scot Peterson, has worked at the school for several years and has been recognized as school resource officer of the year. One evaluation said that Peterson "takes pride in protecting the students, faculty and staff at his school."

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  • vvswarup

    I'm not sure if it's a federal law or a local law but I'm pretty sure that most schools have a law that makes it illegal for anyone other than a law enforcement officer to have a firearm on school grounds. Clearly, the law didn't stop the Parkland shooter or perpetrators of other school shootings.

  • newz4i

    "... people who love the children, see a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children ..." In this guy's carpentalized mind, he decides who loves children. And who doesn't.

    "Compartmentalization is a subconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid cognitive dissonance, or the mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person's having conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves."

  • Thelightlady

    The law and order President ushered in unlawful disorder era. Can you imagine if Obama had four people associated with his campaign plead guilty to federal crimes, his son-in-law not being able to get through a security clearance? Had paid off porn stars? Sons running around trading access, dinners for condo sales?

  • Pologize3

    Donald is trying to predict what mentally ill people will or will not do if teachers are armed. That's laughable.

  • Bill William

    Trump assumes all teachers want to carry guns, they are all mentally stable, that the millions of dollars in liability insurance will come from somewhere, that teachers could accidentally kill a student etc. etc.

  • ryanwiwb

    Does Vegas have a line on how many of the guns the teachers bring into schools will end up being stolen by students?

  • Bill William

    Now when someone applies for a teaching job they will not only have to be certified as a teacher but they will have to be swat team certified.

  • stamped human bacon

    Leave it to Trump to endorse the worst possible 'solution' to a problem.

  • mikevietvet68/69

    ok;lets ask this question,where is betsy devos in all this turmoil? i'll even answer my own question,she is only concerned with charter schools as she never goes into public lower caste schools...that should clear the issue up....

  • Dan

    The President wants to arm the teachers with guns. Who do you think is going to get shot first? The teacher with the handgun, or the attacker with the AR15 Bushmaster? The teacher is going to look like Swiss cheese before he (or she) even gets one round fired from their handgun against the attacker!

  • mikevietvet68/69

    all of this diverts the rulers to focus on the fleecing of the country,and it appears that its a perfect plan.

  • Discrimination is not a right.

    This will seem like a good idea until some stressed-out teacher who forgot to take his lithium shoots up a classroom.

  • mikevietvet68/69

    where are all the career do-nothings of d.c. in all this turmoil?

  • Morgan Sheridan

    Tying guns to loving America's students is the most perverted thing I've seen this week.

  • mikevietvet68/69

    he actually says more stupid stuff than any previous president in modern times,i guess its just swamp talk.

  • David Howell

    Anyone that believe this line has a problem,

  • Anthony

    The problem is not that school security guards don't love children as much as teachers. The problem is that school security guards are outgunned, thanks to the NRA.

  • Librarian53

    Every time Trump says something stupid, I think he can't top it, but he always does. Sigh.

  • Tom Adams

    No civilian should be allowed to own a rapid fire gun of any type! Are we going to be a society where armed guards with AR-15s are at the schools, malls, playgrounds, churches and any other place where large groups of people are found? No background check is really worth anything because things happen and people change. You might be perfectly fine today and in a few years you're crazy. Even if the person that bought the weapon would never fail a background check then what happens to that weapon if it is stolen, the owner dies, or the owner sells it or gives it to someone else? Once the weapon is bought it enters the dark pool of weapons that could end up in the hands of anyone.

  • Jrducky

    Trump has said ALOT of stupid things, but this one takes the cake !!!!!

  • Nearl45 5

    Teachers didn’t rush into the school to help the kids. They found themselves under attack same as the kids.

    I have no doubt that Peterson loved the kids and teachers who are part of that school. I have no doubt he’ll beat himself up with the “What if” and “only if” questions around his response for the rest of his life.

    That said, if he had intervened, what changes is the mix of who gets killed...it could not have prevented the incident.

    What Trump is after is to divide and conquer. He really thrives on demagoguery and not policy. He’s not rushing into any buildings either.

    He has no intention of going along with any common sense measure ( like raising age of access, or waiting periods, or exceptions for mental health). He cares about placating his base.

  • Primo Veritas

    OMG. I don't know if he's sleep deprived, on booze or drugs, or just plain out of touch with reality. Maybe all three. But he utter nonsense that comes out of Trump's mouth absolutely disgusts me.

  • inonepeice

    The worst of the worst of America came out yesterday to condemn the armed deputy at that school for the shooting.

  • Lavendar62

    Talking about mental healthy reform, by someone who is in need of mental help; is kind of ironic, in my opinion.

  • Bill

    Declare guns a public health hazard and regulate them as such.

  • Bill

    "Hey Wayne, Donald here, I think I've got a way to sell thousands of guns, but I want 10%. We arm teachers"

  • rightened

    When I was in eighth grade, I had another student sexually assault me in the middle of class-rubbing his hands along my butt and my breasts, leaning forward in his desk to try and put his hands in between his legs, all while mumbling obscenities at me. I looked around to my fellow students, but nobody did anything; they just watch him do these things. Finally I snapped, stood up, grabbed him, swung him around and slammed him against the wall, then gave him several good thumps against the cinderblock wall before shoving him down into my seat.

    The first time that the teacher noticed this going on was about the third or fourth *clunk* of his head against the wall.

    Would such defensive today be met with a teacher aiming a loaded pistol at me? How quickly, and in what way, would a teacher react to a physical assault going on in their classroom--in this case, my attempt to defend myself versus what he was doing, that she didn't notice?

  • Bill

    Every time I see "Trump says", I think, "Oh no, another idiotic prophecy"

  • rightened

    You do realize what the psychotic President is saying, right? "It's easier to kill something you love."

    Because these kids that they're going to be expected to gun down ARE THEIR STUDENTS. Somehow they have to switch from teaching them one day to potentially ending them the next. Somehow, they're expected to be in the middle of a lesson when something happens, snap into "defense" mode, grab their weapon and start firing--without hitting any other students.

  • doubledouble

    This discussion is beyond ridiculous.
    Defending an archaic 2nd amendment goes to the mindset of those who refuse to see logic.I live in Canada. We have gun laws and responsible gun owners are all allowed guns. We have checks and regulations, but pretty much any gun you can get there, we can get here. You have to pass a police check to get them is all. Then the guns ( lethal weapons) can be monitored. Go online and check the difference that sensible regulations make when it comes to gun violence. Your gun violence is tenfold what ours is per capita. It’s only controls.
    The thought of armed guards or arming our teachers in this country is absurd as it should be for you in yours.
    Fix the problem.
    Regulate- it’s the only way.

  • B-K KnightRider

    To quote Hermione once again; "What, an, Idiot."

  • yetanother1

    Stupid is as stupid does. Trumpy brings a whole new depth to the word. Geesh!

  • mtntrek3

    Anyone check out Donald going off the rails again at CPAC? Back in campaign rally mode and pushing the b.s. . Unreal. In 2020... hoping he's back @725 Fifth Ave.

  • Abuck 60

    Cops are extremely brave and courageous...when there are 15 of them surrounding one old fat guy selling loose cigarettes. The rest of the time...not so much.

  • Abuck 60

    If only Nikolas Cruz had been black and made an illegal left turn into the school parking lot, 10,000 cops would have descended on him in 12 seconds and prevented this shooting.

  • mtntrek3

    I'm hearing that there were another two/three deputies that didn't enter the school to confront the shooter. Not acceptable. ...However, for Donald to be accusing of cowardice, well he doesn't have any room to talk. As for teachers and concealed carry, I say allow those that wish to do so. It's not a cure-all... but it could be a deterrent and preventative move. Background checks need to be more detailed, and the age of ownership may need to be bumped to 21. I've heard of proposals to place guards at schools... 1 per thousand students ? . O.K. No cure-all to this as I said before, but we need do what we can to stem the problem.

  • Lavendar62

    It seems that Trump must have watch to many Wyatt Earp movies and he wants a shootout at the OK corral.

  • concernedvoter

    So this 5 time Draft Dodger is calling the School Resource Officer a coward because the SRO didn't go in and use his Body as a human shield and take direct shots from an AR15??? LOL like Trump wouldn't have peed his Panties at the mere sound of the AR15 being fired.

  • ldean

    If trump wants to arm teachers, then think of the money we could save if we gave trump a gun and took away his secret service! (He could probably hide a derringer in his hair - lol)

  • Bad Nun

    Hey, Trump. Teachers don’t want guns. Get it thru your head.

  • Abuck 60

    Sounds like the cops are all for the teachers carrying guns. Let the teachers get killed and not them.

  • Tim Coolio

    We had a good guy with a gun there, how'd that work out?

  • Carla O'Neal

    Frickin idiot

  • We are being lied to

    All I can say is - what a moron