Full video of Bullock’s remarks:
WASHINGTON, DC – President Trump met Monday with the nation’s governors at the White House where the key topics on the agenda included gun control, arming teachers and school safety.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock questioned the President about arming teachers and reflected on his own personal loss from a school shooting.
“I approach it as a gun owner who’s 11-year-old son got his first deer this past fall. I approach it as a victim. I had a nephew shot and killed, an 11-year-old on a playground,” Gov. Bullock said.
Forty-three times since I’ve been governor, I’ve been asked to lower the flags. Twelve of them have been for mass shootings in the last five years. It is much more — as I think you recognize — than just carrying concealed; that they have that training that I, as a parent, can say that this person under pressure will know what to do with a firearm before we start introducing the firearms into our schools,” Gov. Bullock added..
“You mentioned two words, ‘under pressure’ and a lot of people never really know what that means because they train their whole life. Look at Peterson, look what he did in Broward. He thought he was probably a brave guy, but he wasn’t a brave guy under pressure. He choked, and other people choked. A lot of people choked in that case,” President Trump responded.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee questioned the wisdom of arming teachers in the classroom, “we need a little less tweeting, and a little more listening,” Inslee said.
WASHINGTON, DC – President Trump told a White House gathering of the nation’s governors that he would have charged into the Florida school shooting un-armed if necessary.
President Trump said “You know I really believe, you don’t know until you test it, but I think I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would’ve done that too, because I know most of you, but the way they performed was really a disgrace.”
The President repeatedly castigated the Broward County Sheriff deputies who responded to the scene, claiming they ‘choked’, were a ‘disgrace’, and were ‘disgusting’ by not acting more aggressively to stop the shooter.
Mr. Trump vowed to the governors that he’d single-handedly eliminate so-called bump stocks, and divulged that he met with NRA leaders over the weekend, saying “I had lunch with Wayne LaPierre, Chris Cox and David Lehman of the NRA. And I want to tell you they want to do something. And I said fellas we got to do something. It’s too long now but we’ve got to do something. And we’re going to do very strong background checks, very strong, we’ve got to do background checks. If we see a sicko I don’t want them having a gun.”
He claims he the NRA wants to do the right thing, including background checks, but that he’d fight them if necessary for more restrictions.
“There’s no bigger fan of the second amendment than me and there’s no bigger fan of the NRA. And these guys are great patriots. They’re great people, and they want to do something, they’re gonna do something. And they’re gonna do it, I think quickly, I think they want to see it. And you know what, if they’re not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while. That’s okay. They’re doing what they think is right. I will tell you, they are doing what they think is right. But sometimes we’re gonna have to be very tough and we’re gonna have to fight them, but we need strong background checks,” Trump said.
Trump also repeated his calls to arm certain teachers, claiming it’s the best way to deter attacks without the expense of retro-fitting schools to make them hard targets.