On Wednesday, CNN “legal analyst” Jeffrey Toobin decided to attack the idea of giving school teachers guns by lying about President Trump’s position.
Trump said Wednesday one idea to help mitigate school shootings would be to give 20% of teachers guns. He said, “So let’s say you had 20 percent of your teaching force, because that’s pretty much the number. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms they could very well end the attack very quickly.”
Toobin decided to use his own hysteria and hyperbole to exaggerate what Trump had said, asserting that Trump had said to arm every school teacher with a gun. He snapped:
I’m pro-rancor. I’m pro-vitriol. I am pro-someone doing something about this, rather than being polite when you hear the president of the United States say the answer is to give every teacher in America a gun. That is insane. That is an insane idea.
Trump said nothing of the sort, but this is CNN, so . . .
Toobin continued hyperventilating:
As Mark Barden, one of the fathers, who lost a child in Sandy Hook, whose wife is a teacher—I mean seriously did anybody go to school here? Does anybody remember their teachers? Do you think we should give all of them guns? I mean, do you think they want guns? What kind of country do we live in when we’re talking about giving every teacher in America a gun? And that’s a solution to this problem?”
CNN’s Dana Bash interrupted, “But the fact that you had two people stand up as part of this dialogue and say, “Mr. President,” — not the way Jeff just said it, but in a respectful, clear way —“really bad idea.” The fact that they were able to do that is really noteworthy.”
Toobin returned to ranting:
One of the great things about our country is that we do have freedom of speech and I’m glad it was exercised in the White House but for anybody to get their hopes up when we have an entire political party‑I mean, look at the vote yesterday in the Florida House of Representatives. Every Republican voted against this bill to limit assault weapons. I think it’s fabulous what these kids are doing. I think it’s intensely admirable. But the idea that we’re on the verge of some change—anybody remember the Million Mom March? Similarly impressive; nothing happened.