Many 2024 Republican presidential contenders believe schools must bolster safety and mental health measures to combat school shootings in the wake of the Nashville, Tennessee massacre Monday.
Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old female who identifies as transgender with “he/him” pronouns, shot and killed three students and three adults at private Christian institution Covenant School on Monday. Several declared and potential GOP presidential candidates are calling for heavier police presence, bolstered security and school safety, along with increased mental health resources, to prevent school shootings.
“President Trump has proposed tougher school safety measures, including more security personnel, hardening of schools, allowing teachers who are licensed to carry a weapon to defend their students from harm, and more mental health resources for troubled individuals,” a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump’s campaign told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy slammed the Department of Education (DOE) in a statement to the DCNF for funding “radical gender and racial ideology” in schools that enable “psychopaths” like the shooter rather than protecting children from people like Hale. He vowed to defund the DOE and funnel those savings towards employing armed guards at schools.