(RepublicanWire.org) – Former President Donald Trump recently spoke out about the mental health crisis in America.

During his town hall on CNN, Trump told moderator Kaitlan Collins that the United States doesn’t need to focus on gun control, but instead needs a strong focus on mental health and hardening schools.

The CNN moderator asked Trump if there were “any new gun restrictions” he would sign into law if he is President again in 2024.

Trump said, “I would do numerous things, for instance, schools, we would very much harden. And also … I believe in teachers. I love teachers. I think they’re incredible and they love the children, not quite like the parents, but in many cases, almost as much. Many of these teachers are soldiers, ex-soldiers, ex-policeman, they are people that really understand weapons.”

Trump said that having just five percent of the teachers armed “would be more than you could ever have if you were going to hire security guards.”

Trump did say, however, that adding security guards in addition to arming teachers would be part of his approach to hardening schools and also, “hardening your entrances.”

Trump added, “And you can make other places safe, but it is a big mental health problem in this country more than anything else.”

He then explained why his focus would not be on new restrictions. Trump said that there are hundreds of millions of guns in this country and that many Americans, “if they don’t have a gun, they’re not going to be very safe.”

“On April 14, 2023, President Trump told the NRA Leadership Forum that he would sign legislation as president to institute national reciprocity for concealed carry permit holders. This would mean a concealed carry license from one state would be recognized by the 49 other states, just like a driver’s license or marriage license,” reported Breitbart.

Trump has also pledged a tax credit for teachers who train to be armed.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sought to push through a plan to direct billions of federal dollars toward more police officers and mental health counselors in the nation’s schools, but was blocked by Democrats who criticized his move as grandstanding rather than a serious effort.

Cruz rose on the Senate floor mid-afternoon on Wednesday and described a prayer vigil he attended in Uvalde after the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Grief-stricken residents wept openly as they mourned their losses, he recalled, adding that he has visited other Texas communities rocked by mass shootings over the years.

He alluded to a common pattern of alienated young men descending into mental illness over time before ultimately committing unspeakable crimes.

“If we had additional mental health resources on campuses, they would be in a position to spot the warning signs, to see the young man heading down that dangerous path and to intervene and stop them,” Cruz said.

Cruz said his bill would double the number of school resource officers, improve physical security of schools and triple a FEMA security grant program.

It also has $10 billion in grants for schools to hire mental health professionals.

Cruz cited numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics indicating many schools still lack adequate mental health funding.

His bill tracks with a proposal he offered earlier as an alternative to the bipartisan package ultimately approved by the Senate in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.

President Joe Biden signed into law the bipartisan package of mental health support, school safety funding and modest changes to the nation’s gun regulations.

Cruz voted against the bipartisan package, which was negotiated by his home state Republican colleague Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Cruz tried Wednesday to get his own bill passed through what is known as “unanimous consent,” in which legislation is deemed approved if no senator objects. He did the same with another bill that would allow schools to use some of their unspent coronavirus pandemic relief money on security measures.

Murphy stated simply “I object” on Cruz’s first bill, which prompted Cruz to say he was “genuinely flabbergasted” that Murphy would block his proposal without first debating its merits.

Cruz described the bipartisan bill Murphy and Cornyn wrote as a “big gun control package” that “will do nothing, zero, to stop mass murders” and predicted the country will see further such incidents.

“I pray that we don’t, but evil exists in the world and if another lunatic attacks a school and there’s not a police officer at the front door to stop him, remember right now, remember this moment when the Democrats said ‘no, we will not protect our kids,’” Cruz said.

Murphy also objected to Cruz’s bill to redirect unspent pandemic relief money and said he was indeed not interested in engaging in what he characterized as a Cruz bid for attention rather than an honest attempt to achieve anything.

“This isn’t real. This is a TV show. This is clickbait. This is theater,” Murphy said of Cruz. “This isn’t an actual attempt to pass legislation.”

Murphy said he recently was approached by another Republican senator, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, about the legislation in question. Murphy said he and Lankford are having serious discussions that stand in contrast to Cruz’s approach.

In an interview afterward, Cruz said he had no information about Murphy’s talks with Lankford and reiterated his criticism of Murphy for not engaging in substantive debate.

Asked about his rationale for excluding schools from mental health funding on the basis of their curriculum, Cruz said he would provide a written statement later.

In the statement, Cruz did not directly address why he would exclude some schools but noted Murphy did not raise objections to specific provisions in the bill and questioned why Murphy also blocked the other proposal to spend unused relief money on school security.

“The only reason Murphy and the Democrats blocked school safety measures today was because they were more interested in playing partisan games,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s actions come as advocates are pushing the Senate to pass a federal ban on certain semi-automatic firearms they describe as “assault weapons.”

Cornyn, who also opposes such a ban, has touted the benefits of the bipartisan package he helped shepherd into law.

In an interview Wednesday, Cornyn said he hadn’t studied the details of Cruz’s latest proposal but noted the package he already got enacted included significant resources for mental health and school security.

“I’m not sure more money on top of this is necessarily the answer,” Cornyn said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – On the latest episode of his Real Time show, liberal comedian Bill Maher slammed leftists for ignoring the reality that Critical Race Theory and woke ideology are really present in American public schools.

Maher then pointed to one of the examples from the textbooks that the state provided, which showed a math book contained a problem that asked students to show that conservatives were more racist than liberals.

“It hinges on whether there really is something going on in the schools that never was going on there before and maybe shouldn’t be going on there. So, we got information today about this. Because this is about what is going on in schools all across the country, but Florida is, of course, the focal point because it’s Florida. So, they took out 41 textbooks, math textbooks. And at the beginning of the week, we didn’t know why. They said there are things in there that are inappropriate for children. Today, they released four examples. This just happened before we came out here, I read through them. A lot of it, I feel like . . . it’s like kids should have empathy when they’re learning. Fine, I’m okay with that. Most of it, I thought was kind of a nothing burger, but here’s one . . . this is a math question, measuring racial prejudice by political identification. I mean, this is teaching math. And why use that example?” Maher began.

Maher said while many on the Left want to downplay the fact that Critical Race Theory is in schools, it does exist and that Governor DeSantis does have a point.

“I don’t think this is typical, I think they . . . picked 41 books and they have four examples. Of the examples, this was the most egregious. But it does exist. It is real. So, again, I don’t know why Democrats do this to themselves. I think DeSantis is demagoguing this issue. Because I think he thinks this is a great way to be the candidate in 2024 by owning the libs,” Maher concluded.

(RepublicanWire.org) – No matter how ‘woke’ politicians try to appear, they often have to admit just how badly they failed. Historically this admission comes years and even decades after they made their mistakes, so there is little they can do to fix the situation. This unfortunate truth has reverberated across Democratic-led cities on and off over the last 30 years more than any other previous time.

Now San Francisco Mayor London Breed must admit this for herself. It’s a rather rough pill for her to swallow as she is now being forced to come to terms with her inept planning. While speaking with Chuck Todd as a part of “Meet The Press” on Sunday morning, Breed was asked very directly about the situation in SF for getting kids back into school. The response from Breed was legendary.

“Well, my take is, it was really about the frustration of the Board of Education doing their fundamental job, and that is to make sure that our children are getting educated, that they get back into the classroom, and that did not occur. They were focusing on other things that were clearly a distraction. Not to say that those other things around renaming schools and conversations around changes to our school district weren’t important, but what was most important was the fact that our kids were not in the classroom.”

Given the recent problems coming from the school board with these mandates, it’s refreshing to see the mayor speaking out about the problems their policies have been causing in school. As much as they loved to tout how their conservative policies were leading the way, parents simply did not agree as evidenced by their recent motions to oust three of their sitting school board members.

Getting these members off the board makes room for new leadership and better ideas to keep these kids in school and not interfere with their education. San Francisco Board of Education President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins were recalled by at least 70% of voters, in what can only be described as a thorough commitment to change the future of education in SF.

Unfortunately, these school board members disagree, with one claiming that this was a charge being led by white supremacists and that it was racially motivated. This is despite whites making up 42.5% of the population in SF. A stance Mayor Breed vehemently disagreed with.

“It’s not the right kind of reaction, and the fact that we’re still even listening to any of the recalled school board members is definitely a problem. … This person is making it about [her] when it really should be about our kids, who have suffered, not just in San Francisco, but all over this country as a result of this pandemic. At the end of the day, our kids were not in school, and they should have been.”

Mayor Breed is right, the kids should have been in school. This horrific situation the school board members put kids in cost these young minds collectively thousands of hours of social interaction, important personal growth development, and their best chances at learning in the most effective ways. These steps are detrimental to their growth into reliable and educated adults.

This recall is something that happened too late for many. Numerous parents found themselves being forced to relocate so their children could remain in school, and many just lost their position outright. Some lost them from being outspoken about this horrific mandate, others for having to be away from work in a job that could not be done remotely. This idea of making things increasingly difficult for people all because you want to push progressive politics on people gets old real quick. It gets older even faster when you are changing the lives of innocent children.