President Donald Trump took aim at law enforcement officers who waited outside while a former student shot up his school in Florida two weeks ago by saying he would have tried to save the kids even if he were unarmed and bone spurs on his feet were hurting him.
“You don’t know until you test it,” Trump told a gathering of governors at the Whte House yesterday. “But I think I would have gone in. I love the kids, so I would have tried to ignore the pain on my heels. I’ve been told I’m a tough cookie. People have made that observation about me. It’s a tough call, but I think I would have gone in, although I probably would have had a bad limp.”
Trump has proposed arming a portion of the country’s teachers and training them in the use of firearms as a way to deter school shootings, which are on the rise. The last major shooting, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., left 17 students and two teachers dead after Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally purchased assault rifle in a shooting spree.
The school resource officer on the scene, Scot Peterson, elicited criticism for waiting outside during the shooting, and other Broward Country officers who arrived at the scene also awaited outside before entering the school, according to reports.
Trump said they might have had problem with their bone spurs, but then they probably shouldn’t have been working as sheriff’s deputies. “Some people get deferments because of bone spurs,” he said. “I’ve heard about those. Maybe the sheriff should have sent officers whose feet didn’t hurt them.”
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