"How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Rick Santorum said 3 days ago on Sunday March 26th.
Rick Santorum is the new Senior Political Commentator for the Cable News Network (CNN) as he’s now being paid by them to be a Conservative pundit. You probably recognize his name from the 2012 Presidential Election as he was an aspirant for the Republican Party Nomination which he lost to Mitt Romney. Santorum is a former Pennsylvanian Senator and Congressman.As an individual who has a following and history in the Republican Party, he still has influence as a senior of the party. One of the key positions his party has taken in the aftermath of the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the midst of a school safety and gun violence debate all around the country is saying, that teachers should be armed with guns. Essentially, arguing that we should “fight fire with fire.” Obviously, there are many flaws in that proposal that could in large lead to catastrophe and a much bigger problem. For instance, what if a teacher were to react with their weapon to a law enforcement officer entering their classroom while a shooting was to happen or if a student were to steal the weapon from an irresponsible teacher. Teachers are already given the task of creating the leaders of tomorrow and giving students essential critical thinking skills that can help them make the right choices, but now, instead of the Conservative party in government focusing on gun control, they want government not to handle the issue and for teachers to handle it instead. It makes public opinion worse for the Republicans when you have a seasoned member of the party say, that instead of asking for government to pass legislation and stand with the American people in ensuring the safety of schools, students should learn CPR and how to respond to a shooter in the event of a shooting when students should be learning, comprehending and dealing with assignments in schools. If I were the one interviewing Senator
Santorum, I would ask him that with shootings all around the country occurring schools, night clubs, hotels and the 96 occurrences of someone being shot with a gun every single day, to go to the Republican Party establishment and demand that they stop shying away from the issues at hand and stop asking teachers and students to be scared to go to schools because there being asked to do the job of law enforcement but instead, sponsor and pass legislation that will call for gun purchase limits, background checks, age limits, and more control on guns. With all do respect to the former Pennsylvanian lawmaker, he did apologize for his comments by saying “I misspoke.” Still, it is absolutely unjustifiable in every aspect for an individual who felt he has the competence to be the President of the United States and a leader of the state of Pennsylvania to even think about uttering the words that he did on national television and he should be held accountable as a result. The worst part is that just recently, students organized 1,000 marches across the entire country with millions of people participating and many people like Santorum just sit there and say horrendous things about the students and survivors who are calling for action. It is disrespectful and it is just merely for political purposes. This is CNN’s model: It hires people like
Santorum to be as network president and boss Jeff Zucker once put it - “characters in a drama.” Their harassment and torment set off internal content feedback loops that can be milked and repeated for days, with the news organization’s anchors nobly crusading on the right side of history. And at the end of it all, everyone collects their checks.