President Donald Trump isn't making any new friends with his most recent call to action in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Samuel L. Jackson spoke out recently on Twitter to warn against Trump's plan to prevent mass shootings by arming educators.
Can someone that’s been in a Gunfight tell that Muthafukka that’s Never been in a Gunfight, the flaws of his Arm The Teachers plan??!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 23, 2018
“Can someone that’s been in a Gunfight tell that Muthafukka that’s Never been in a Gunfight, the flaws of his Arm The Teachers plan??!!”Jackson wrote in a tweet he posted on Feb. 23.
The actor's viral tweet was just one of many critics who have challenged Trump and other Republicans who have seemingly remained attached to the National Rifle Association (NRA) despite the call for reform to U.S. gun laws.
Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, student activists have been protesting with the aim of stopping gun violence by demanding gun control. Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally purchased AR-15 in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people died. Protests were announced for March 14 and 24 in response to the shooting, Blavity reported.
HuffPost reported that Trump pushed the idea of arming an estimated 20 percent of teaching staff at schools during a “listening session” last week at the White House that included students and parents personally affected by the Florida shooting.
Educators are critical of Trump's plan, too. Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, told Education Week that gun control is the best solution to “keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators.”