Friday, February 23, 2018

Comic books and Post headlines

In case you missed it: Dunning K. Trump’s picture of a safe school includes his chief of staff John Kelly as a gun-toting history teacher. “He’s a four-star Marine. He’s a tough cookie,” says Trump:

“So if he’s a teacher and if other friends of his from the Marines, if they’re teaching, or other people like that, I want them to have a gun. But more importantly, almost more importantly, nobody is going to attack that school, because they know General Kelly is the history teacher. He’s teaching about how we win wars, okay? And he’s got a concealed weapon. But they’re gonna know he’s got a concealed weapon, because we tell them that the bullets are going to be flying in the other direction.”
Trump’s masculinist dream is partly the stuff of a comic book (everyday fellow with secret powers, including perfect aim), partly the stuff of a New York Post headline (Retired General Takes Down Sicko).

If you don’t believe my transcription, watch here.

comments: 7

Daughter Number Three said...

His scenario is way to close to Heinlein's Starship Troopers... where the main character had a history teacher who was retired military, who indoctrinated his students in militarism exceptionalism and (from my point of view) subhumanization of everyone who wasn't in the military.

Michael Leddy said...

Good grief.

Pete said...

If the gun is concealed, how will it deter a shooter from firing? Do mass shooters typically have x-ray vision?

Michael Leddy said...

He seems to think that the gun can be concealed but that the presence of armed teachers can be made known. How that would deter a deranged shooter, I don’t know. How the identities of armed teachers would be kept secret, I don’t know.

Daughter Number Three said...

[Too! close. Not to close. Egad.]

Michael Leddy said...

I know. I wish Blogger made it possible for us to amend comments.

Pete said...

I’m fairly certain he hasn’t thought through the details. And never will.