Trump met yesterday with parents and students affected by school shootings, and someone had to provide him with a list of empathetic statements to fake ...er, make -- including #5: "I hear you."
Instead of any empathetic statement, though, Trump echoed the pathetic line from puppet master Wayne LaPierre of the NRA -- that we need to "harden" our schools and arm teachers.
This is not new concept, though. The NRA has pushed for weapons in schools for years as evidenced by the vintage postcards below (click the images to enlarge):
Trump has proposed that 10 to 40 percent of a faculty pack heat, and he is also promising bonuses to hose who pop a cap in the ass of any likely killer. As a matter of fact, the White House website now includes a catalog of gifts and certificates available for teachers who gun down school intruders.
Pictured below: Donald Trump's "Class Warfare" bonus catalog for teachers who pack heat and/or gun down intruders:
In 1853, Emmett Lee Dickinson scoffed at an NRA proposal to arm and pay bonuses to teachers. He wrote about it in his now-classic poem "Back to the cordial Grave I'll drag thee" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "Back from the cordial Grave I drag thee" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
Back to the cordial Grave I'll drag thee
You shall not take my Class
I'll spray outrageous arms around thee
And bonuses amass!
By Emily Dickinson:
Back from the cordial Grave I drag thee
He shall not take thy Hand
Nor put his spacious arm around thee
That none can understand
Pictured at the left: Enid Todgers, a cafeteria lady at the Lizard Lick Central High School in Lizard Lick, North Carolina, was the first gun-tottin' employee at the school.
"It's an honor to serve these kids hash every day," said Ms. Todgers, "so the least I could do for them is pack some heat."
"I'm hopin' to gun someone down," she added, "and earn me a case of them Trump-brand steaks and a set of steak knives."