Former President Donald Trump said the US needed to “drastically” change its approach to mental health and tighten security at schools in response to this week’s school shooting in Texas.
Trump said there were so many “warning signs” and that teachers, parents, school officials and community members need to recognize the “alarm bells promptly” and “aggressively.”
“We need to make it far easier to confine the violent and mentally deranged into mental institutions,” he continued.
Trump addressed an audience in Houston at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual conference, rebuffed the idea that stricter gun control policies would reduce mass shootings and said their cause instead lay with mental health issues, a lack of school security, and a lack of school discipline.
“The various gun control policies being pushed by the left would have done nothing to prevent the horror that took place,” Trump said on Friday, referring to Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Trump went onto say that every school should have a police officer or armed resource officer on duty at all times and that classroom doors should be hardened and “lockable” from the inside. Texas senator Ted Cruz made identical recommendations at the conference earlier in the afternoon.
Biden recently called for “common sense” gun control measures in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.
Trump warned the crowd at the NRA event that Democrats will take gun control measures much further, claiming mass shootings will be used to justify “total gun confiscation.”
Trump also hit out at the likes of Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) for canceling speaking appearances at the NRA meeting in the wake of the massacre at a school in the town of Uvalde, saying: “Unlike some I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up.”
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday by a gunman who bought two assault rifles and a considerable amount of ammunition for his 18th birthday the prior week.
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