Trump: Following the Texas massacre, he is calling for more guns in schools at the NRA conference

Former United States President Donald Trump has called for more weapons in schools following the deadly massacre in Texas. “The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens,” Trump said Friday night (local time) in Houston, Texas at the annual meeting of the powerful NRA gun lobby. Armed security forces and teachers could prevent horrific acts like those in the small Texas town of Uvalde, Trump claimed. At the same time, there is outrage in the United States over the police’s hesitant behavior during the killing spree. More and more frightening details about the operation and the crime are becoming known.

Trump after school massacres: Teachers should carry weapons

The annual meeting of the NRA (National Rifle Association) was held in Houston just three days after the massacre, which took place about 450 kilometers away on Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde. Some politicians and musicians canceled their participation in the event. “Unlike others, I did not disappoint you by not showing up,” Trump said, though without naming names. According to media reports, thousands of people protested against gun violence and the NRA in front of the scene.

At the beginning of his speech, Trump read out the names of the 19 children and two teachers who were shot and killed by gunman Salvador Ramos. He called for metal detectors and an armed security guard for every school in the United States. “New technologies” must ensure that no unauthorized person can enter the school with a weapon. Teachers who have been trained to do so should also be allowed to carry weapons, Trump said. “There is no more inviting sign for a mass murderer than a sign declaring an unarmed zone.” These are the “most dangerous places”.

Governor Abbott: ‘I was misled’

Numerous experts warn against arming teachers. They say this does not make schools safe places. “Arming teachers is a bad idea all the way around because it invites a lot of disasters and problems,” NPR quoted Matthew Mayer, a researcher in school violence at Rutgers University in New Jersey, as saying. The chance that such an approach will actually help is small. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, nearly three-quarters of teachers surveyed oppose carrying weapons in schools.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also did not appear in person at the NRA meeting on Friday as announced. Instead, the Republican sent a pre-recorded video statement and held a press conference in Uvalde. There he came under pressure after the new findings about the course of the police action and was urged by the press to comment. “I was misled,” Abbott said. He had passed on the information to the public that had been described to him after the massacre in primary school. “Some of the information I was given turned out to be inaccurate and I’m completely furious about it.”

Governor sees no problem with Texas gun laws

Shortly before, the responsible security authority had admitted serious errors in the operation. For example, it became known that at an early stage, 19 police officers had been stationed in the corridor in front of the adjoining classrooms, where the shooter had punched the children. After more than 45 minutes, they made no attempt to enter the room and stop the shooter. The 18-year-old killed the children and teachers in the classroom on Tuesday.

Abbott promised clarification, but again did not see the problem in Texas’ lax gun laws. Like Trump, Abbott cited mental illness as a major cause of such actions. Therefore, one should focus on the issue of mental health. Texas ranks among the states with the worst access to mental health clinics or practices, according to research.