February 25, 2018

Trump's “listening session” after Parkland shooting “showed his softer side”

Amanda HeadRebel Contributor

On Wednesday, President Trump held a listening session at the White House with students, parents and teachers on the topic of school shootings.

The President listened intently as visitors in the room expressed emotions ranging from sorrow and anger to gratitude that they were not personally affected by a mass shooting tragedy.

At one point, Trump asked for a show of hands in support of having either armed guards or faculty members present at schools.

A number of attendees raised their hands in favor. He then asked who opposed the idea. When a few people hesitantly raised their hands, he assured them that they were safe in expressing their views and that it was perfectly fine to feel that way.

It showed a softer side of our president that most Americans appreciate seeing and is an even better indicator of the kind of man he is.

I've also seen an idea floating around the Internet that teachers should be able to submit students names to a list if they observe them exhibiting alarming behavior, aggression, anger issues, or other problems deeming that child as a potential threat.

I cannot state emphatically enough how dangerous this idea is.

We already know how much liberal bias exists in the education system. Do we really want to give educators the ability to put students on a registry that could potentially impede their rights at that time and in the future?

This is a very dangerous prospect and is a little too Big Brother for me.

But here are some of the ideas that visitors to the White House suggested:

* Check points at entrances to schools (metal detectors, canine units)
* Better physical security/barricades/locked entrances and exits
* Armed guards
* FCC for faculty/staff

While everyone in the roomed seemed to appreciate the time that President Trump, Vice President Pence and Education Secretary DeVos spent with them, some criticized the meeting.

A Twitter user known as Toure (whose account is verified as a podcaster) said in a tweet:

"This White House-Parkland listening session feels like a profile in cowardice: where are the Parkland students who have been so public and strong? David Hogg? Emma Gonzales? Is the White House afraid of powerful teenagers?"

It should be noted that among those in attendance was the father of Meadow Pollack along with his sons, and a mom who lost her daughter in the Columbine massacre.

That's who he's calling "cowards."

But the people Toure cited in the tweet were perhaps too busy taking smiley pictures with news media personalities, despite the fact that they just lost 17 of their classmates.

Toure seems to associate loud voices with courage and quiet, measured voices with cowardice.

They weren't the loudest voices who attended President Trump's meeting. They were the most measured and logical voices.

These people showed up because they wanted to elevate solutions, not their voices (unlike many of the teens the mainstream media focused on during the last few days.)

President Trump is fully committed to finding a solution that does not infringe on our freedoms and rights as Americans.

And I have full faith that being the problem solver and deal maker that he is, we will accomplish that.

 

 

 

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commented 2018-02-26 23:35:09 -0500
Laws are only effective on those that obey them.
No Law can guarantee your safety.
All Laws can be broken.
Crime is not controlled by Laws.

They have some tight gun control in Europe, you wouldn’t know it with all the gun violence where people have been routinely slaughtered. And just the other year they came across a warehouse filled with over ten thousand weapons that were to be distributed across Europe to terrorists for Jihad Attacks. But you don’t need guns, like the guy said in France after an attack that took a lot of lives. This guy said to his son that we have FLOWERS, oh yeah, hearing that you know those Terrorists are shaking in their shoes. Now if he said, if any terrorists try this again, we ALL now have firearms training and we are fully armed. If that were true on the next attack the death toll would be a lot lower. The real goal would be to make the Terrorist Fatalities higher than those they are attacking. It would be close to a miracle to be armed and jump into action and prevent any innocent from being wounded or killed in the event of an attack by an armed assailant. That case in Garland Texas a few years ago in 2015 involving Pamela Gellar. Turned out to be the ideal conclusion in a terrorist attack, absolutely no innocents were killed but there were two dead Scum Terrorists. True enough it was an armed police officer that dispatched these two vermin but it could just as easily been a citizen with a concealed carry permit on site. We don’t have that kind of thing in Canada (carry permits) we did once and we need to have it again. I think if things were to be allowed to deteriorate like in Sweden, Germany, France, etc. that citizens will have to violate laws that make us less safe. And that would mean that Canadians will have to take what steps they feel necessary, to ensure their survival and those of their loved ones.
commented 2018-02-26 12:27:06 -0500
They have lots of gun control in Cuba and Venezuela.
commented 2018-02-26 07:55:47 -0500
Andrew Stephenson said, "If you keep the “armed intruder” from being armed, then the question is moot. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. "

And how do you propose to do that? More gun laws?

Hate to break it to you Andrew, but those people intent on doing a gun crime do not follow the laws that already exist. What makes you think more gun control law will help?

Criminals are called criminals because they breaks the laws.
Imposing more laws does absolutely no good.

Gun control advocates cannot seem to get this through their very thick skulls.
commented 2018-02-26 03:19:59 -0500
Ms. Stephenson.. you’re still blowing pixie dust…“Depends if he can get to his desk, and unlock it, aim, and fire, before the shooter has already put 30 bullets in him. Even law enforcement with years of training doesn’t engage when outgunned. Or is he carrying it around with him all the time? Does that seem wise around a bunch of school age children? This is a country that thinks teaching 14 year olds about birth control is stealing their innocence, yet it’s just fine to have teachers walking around, ready to shoot to kill at the slightest provocation? What a country.”? First of all, it is assumed that once a trained teacher hears the first shot go off, any where in the school, they reach for their personal firearm, which should take all of about 10 seconds… “law enforcement officers don’t engage”? What?? They identify the shots being fired at the other end of the school as “AR-15” and automatically go “chicken shit”?? Tell that to the UNARMED football coach who stood between the shooter and his students!… You seem to be having some serious problems with the English language – to wit – I said a teacher who has a gun locked IN HIS FUCKEN DESK didn’t I??? Stop with the carrying it around in his pants bullshit!… Your inanity is on full display on this one, and I would suggest you cease before you do even more damage to your “reputation”…. By the way, as a former armoured car guard of 9 years experience, I can tell you that killers don’t waste “30 rounds” on one body; they move one after typically three shots… YOU LADY, ARE FULL OF SHIT AND DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR ARE TALKING ABOUT!…
commented 2018-02-26 02:06:33 -0500
Andrew are you fine with this? Guess who this guy works for? Or is it OK for certain people to use guns while others cannot?? Of course the left will not give a damn about this.
commented 2018-02-26 01:51:12 -0500
Also Andrew there were far more strong women 30 years ago than now. Todays hate filled feminist who wants government to think for her is not a strong woman.
commented 2018-02-26 01:49:41 -0500
Andrew i also feel i need to tell you that SJW soyboys turning into neutered wimps does not change the role of a man in society. Nor does it define any other male.
commented 2018-02-26 01:13:55 -0500
When it is illegal immigrants and mollycoddled offenders killing , the left never gives a damn or asks about any further restrictions.
commented 2018-02-26 01:12:23 -0500
Flat Earth you got that right. And i wish they would just be honest and quit acting like they give a damn about human lives when they do not.
commented 2018-02-26 01:07:03 -0500
When guns are outlawed outlaws will still have guns…!!! And all people will be protecting themselves with their cell phones to dial 911 and wait 40 minutes for a response team.
commented 2018-02-26 01:05:36 -0500
Gun control fails everywhere it’s applied and where it’s applied it fails the people.!
commented 2018-02-26 00:24:57 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-26 00:24:57 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-26 00:24:57 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-26 00:24:55 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-26 00:23:29 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-26 00:22:54 -0500
We already know what the loudest voices are saying. Exactly what mockingbird media tells them too. It’s time to listen to some real solutions from people who aren’t just trying to increase their acting resume.
commented 2018-02-25 23:15:38 -0500
The FACT IS that some cities with little gun control have less shootings than other cities with lots and sometimes the other way around , that means gun control does little. And the control the left wants is to take guns from average people , not the criminals. So try reality.
commented 2018-02-25 23:12:51 -0500
Andrew please put up some links where gun control would have made any difference if you can find any that is?
commented 2018-02-25 23:10:25 -0500
Andrew did you read those stories?
commented 2018-02-25 23:09:08 -0500
Andrew enough of your denial, it does not change anything. Andrew those are rival gangs not some student. They used illegal guns. why do you seem to forget that point?
commented 2018-02-25 23:07:07 -0500
Andrew what smaller crime, the stats are for guns.
commented 2018-02-25 23:06:31 -0500
Andrew yes there was control , it failed. And it failed in Chicago and elsewhere.
commented 2018-02-25 22:40:37 -0500
Well Andrew, you found a case in the US for Jan/18
Notice my question had to do with why there isn’t regular shootings at courthouses…Canada and US and the possible reasons for it.
Security features and armed courthouse officials. Judges and prosecutors really don’t want to be sitting ducks when they go to work.
commented 2018-02-25 22:13:19 -0500
Robert Mcclelland commented 2018-02-25 19:41:06 -0500
“the fault lay in the failure of law enforcement in failing to act on the multiple complaints filed against the shooter. "
The implications being, of course, that if a functional gun control system had actually acted, it would have prevented it?

“Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-25 20:49:46 -0500
Andrew gun control failed in Florida , what part of that don’t you get?”
No, gun control didn’t fail. There was none TO fail.

“Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 2018-02-25 21:17:10 -0500
Why aren’t there regular shootings at courthouses, criminals are pretty upset with judges and prosecutors? It’s a gun free zone for everyone but armed officers of the court and in the US some judges who keep a gun with them while sitting on the bench. "

There are. It simply doesn’t make the news in the same way when they happen. Here’s one in January. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/us/ohio-courthouse-shooting/index.html

:Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-25 20:53:55 -0500
Andrew US has fewer than many other countries with gun control , how about you explain that first. And Canada has many rifles that you want to have banned. Tel me why there are not more shootings in Canada more like it. Everyone i know who owns guns has never shot anyone. "

And more than most socioeconomically accurate countries with gun control.

“Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-25 20:54:54 -0500
Andrew here is some reality for you
And explain Switzerland. "

The only country in there that’s even remotely comparable to the US is France. As they point out, Norway’s high rate is due to a single incident 17 years ago. Their singular focus on mass events ignores the plethora of smaller crime, which is where the US’s crime problem truly stands out. Of course, given your website’s underlying motivations and links back to pro-gun websites, this omission probably isn’t accidental.

What about Switzerland? They don’t hand out guns like candy there, contrary to popular opinion. Nor do they have anything like concealed or open carry – they may own guns, but they’re locked up in the basement most of the time.
“Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-25 20:58:51 -0500
Andrew please explain why Hells Angels clubhouses never get shot up like schools?? "

How many Hells Angels clubhouses are there?
And they don’t get shot up?
Oh, wait, turns out they do.
https://nypost.com/2016/12/11/man-shot-over-parking-spot/
https://www.greeleytribune.com/trending/lasalle-police-investigate-shooting-of-hells-angels-clubhouse/
http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/02/motorcycle-gang-opens-new-london-clubhouse-in-move-that-could-herald-trouble-with-rival-hells-angels
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dismembered-gangster-partied-with-hells-angel-the-night-biker-killed
commented 2018-02-25 21:53:09 -0500
Yeah, it took the horrific massacre of 14 children and three adults in a school for Trump as you say “to show his softer side”. Shame on you.
commented 2018-02-25 21:52:04 -0500
Yeah, it took the horrific massacre of 14 children and three adults in a school for Trump as you say “to show his softer side”. Shame on you.
commented 2018-02-25 21:17:10 -0500
Why aren’t there regular shootings at courthouses, criminals are pretty upset with judges and prosecutors? It’s a gun free zone for everyone but armed officers of the court and in the US some judges who keep a gun with them while sitting on the bench.
commented 2018-02-25 21:00:15 -0500
In Canada you are arrested and charged for defending yourself , why would you worry about a gun fine added onto that when your life is in danger?
commented 2018-02-25 20:58:51 -0500
Andrew please explain why Hells Angels clubhouses never get shot up like schools??