It makes sense, if you think about it. Donald Trump hates schools. He hates children. It stands to reason that a man who can barely speak in more than 2-syllable sentences, a man who cannot string an entire sentence together either in writing or verbally, is not likely to care a whit about education. Add to that, the fact that he nominated an unqualified woman who also hates schools and children for Secretary of Education, and … well, it’s proof enough for me that he simply hates schools and children. He has far more respect for the uneducated … he even said that in a campaign stop in Nevada last February: “We won with highly-educated, we won with poorly educated! I love the poorly educated!”
So it should come as no surprise to anybody that he has another part of his plan to completely destroy the U.S. educational system, and with it the children, the next generation, and the future of our nation. One of his campaign promises: “I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases. My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.” And of course Betsy DeVos will support him on that, as she previously claimed that schools needed to have guns to fight off bear attacks!!!
All joking aside, however, while Trump claims that our nation’s greatest threat is terrorism and therefore we should ban all Muslims from certain countries from our nation, the reality is that guns in the hands of the wrong people … not necessarily even bad people, but simply people who make mistakes, people who get angry … are 17 times more likely to kill than are terrorists. The last thing we need is for schools to become shooting ranges, with stressed parents walking into a school with a gun under their belt.
The gun-free zone initiative prohibits individuals having or taking out a gun within 1,000 feet of public or private school grounds. Congress passed the act, and it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. It has been challenged and revised, but is still in effect today (no, Trump didn’t manage to ‘get rid’ of it on his first day), and its repeal would require more than an executive order. Congress would have to repeal the most current “gun-free zone act,” or pass a bill that would eliminate the restrictions. A year ago, I would have said that Congress would never do that, but today I am less certain. And another option, of course, is that Trump could simply instruct … or ‘encourage’ … agencies not to enforce the existing law. Would they? Who knows, but given his propensity for bullying and, whenever possible, firing those who oppose him, it is certainly a question to consider. And, with Jeff Sessions now serving as U.S. Attorney General, even if the law is enforced at the local level, it may fall through at the state or federal.
The NRA spent over $30 million on Trump’s campaign last year, in addition to another $20 million on the campaigns of five senate-hopefuls: Richard Burr (NC), Marco Rubio (FL), Roy Blunt (MD), Todd Young (IN), Joe Hack (NV), and Rob Portman (OH). Of those, only one, Joe Hack, lost his election. The NRA wants some things in return, including fewer, more lenient, gun regulations. They now own at least a part of Trump and the five U.S. senators named above.
A bit of trivia: Perhaps the earliest shooting to happen on school or college property, in what would become the United States, was the notorious Enoch Brown school massacre during the Pontiac’s War. Three Native Americans entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and nine children (reports vary). Only two children survived.
The last thing we need in this country is another Sandy Hook. In this century alone, just 16 years and one month, there have been 187 school shootings in the U.S., resulting in 250 deaths and 180 injuries. To abandon the gun-free zone law would be to invite more, not less …. to make our children far less safe. But that is what Donald Trump promised those who would vote for him, and so far he seems determined to keep those promises, including keeping our children poorly educated and unsafe.
My inspiration for this post came from Nicholas Kristof’s column yesterday, titled Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists. I took a seed from his column and veered off in a different direction, but please do read his column … he provides a very sound take on the threat of terrorism vs. the threat of citizens with guns.