(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.