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Trump slams Democrats for delaying measures to boost school security

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Tracy Allenbaugh attends a vigil for victims of recent mass shootings at the Sunrise Amphitheater on May 28, 2022 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by AFP)

Former US President Donald Trump has criticized Democratic lawmakers for not backing measures to increase security at schools.

“What on earth is stopping Democrats from immediately passing measures to ramp up school security,” Trump said at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention on Friday.

Trump’s strong criticism of Democrats comes after a teenage gunman armed with an assault weapon killed 19 children and two elementary school teachers in the nation’s latest gruesome mass shooting.

“How many more tragedies will it take until they agree to set aside their far-left political agenda and do what is really needed and actually works,” Trump added.

Trump demanded a series of measures be passed that largely mirrored what other Republicans had proposed throughout the day, including schools with a single entryway, with armed guards stationed there, and exit-only fire escapes.

He also called for arming US school teachers, saying teachers should be allowed to carry guns at schools. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

During his speech, Trump also suggested the use of metal detectors at schools to combat mass shootings. 

Trump, who was one of several GOP heavyweights who appeared at the annual NRA meeting, is seen as a leading contender to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in the 2024 US presidential election.

Meantime, gun control supporters have argued that calls for boosting school security measures miss the larger issue of guns that links the various mass shootings. Gun control supporters argue from a public health standpoint, saying that while guns may not cause violence, they do cause violence to be far more deadly.

Many gun control supporters feel disappointed with US President Joe Biden, who has failed to take any concrete action to address America’s runaway gun violence.

The Democratic president had received generous campaign donations from gun control advocates during the 2020 election.

Gun control supporters also poured money into many other Democratic campaigns, hoping that a Democrat-held Congress would pass restrictive laws boosting gun control measures. 

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