Western Massachusetts parents discuss arming teachers with handguns

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to approve a measure to arm teachers with handguns, after a shooter killed 17 people at a High School in Florida last week.

“It’s concealed. So this crazy man who walked in, wouldn’t even know who has it…that’s good. That’s not bad. That’s good. And a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew it.”

That was President Trump at the CPAC conference, where he reinforced his call for teachers to carry concealed handguns.

“I feel that teachers are teachers and they shouldn’t be armed guards,” said Terri Bartosik of Del Mar, NY.

This after 19-year-old accused gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at the Parkland Florida High School on Valentine’s day, marking the 18th U.S. school shooting this year, prompting calls for tougher gun laws

President Trump is proposing bonuses for teachers who carry guns to protect schools, citing the NRA’s stance, that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with one.

Larry Cromack of Chicopee told 22News, “I don’t think it’s a very smart thing. It’s not helping the problem. It’s making more problems.”

The National Education Association and the National Association of School Psychologists strongly oppose arming teachers with guns.

Governor Charlie Baker believes having more guns in the classroom is a bad idea. Governor Baker believes the nation should instead follow some of the gun laws already adopted in Massachusetts.

President Trump said he will push for “Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on mental health,” as well as raising the age for gun ownership.

President Trump also wants to end the sale of bump stocks, which were used in last year’s Las Vegas shooting that left 59 people dead and wounded more than 500.

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