In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Trump proposed a controversial way to prevent future school shootings: arming teachers with guns.
The president claimed that by “hardening” our schools, armed teachers could stop shooters in their path. Trump advocated for giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience—only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would not be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad [intentions],” he wrote on Twitter.
“Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!” he argued.
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The president’s views are backed by several Republican senators and, unsurprisingly, the NRA. But many are against the idea of making schools safer by adding more weapons into them. Among the groups who are not in favor of putting more guns in schools are those who would supposedly be wielding them: the teachers. Many educators are fighting back and sharing the resources they’d rather be equipped with by using #ArmMeWith.
Teachers Olivia Bertels and Brittany Wheaton started the movement and sharing what they’d rather be armed with instead of guns to best protect and support their students. "#ArmMeWith the resources and funding needed to help students experiencing mental health issues,” Wheaton wrote. “We NEED stronger gun laws, we NEED funding for mental health issues, we NEED our students to L I V E so they can change the future of this country,” she continued in the caption.
“#ArmMeWith school supplies. Literally. I should not be single-handedly keeping Target in business,” Bertels wrote, drawing attention to another area in which schools need funding and resources.
Teachers joined in on the movement in droves, requesting books, smaller class sizes, social workers, mental health professions, and gun laws—not guns.
Use #ArmMeWith to join the movement.