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.