adj. 捣乱的, 破坏性的 /dɪs'rʌptɪv/
vt. 猛烈攻击，言语抨击 /ə'seɪl/
adj. 摆动的, 不稳定的 /'wɒbli/
n. 手枪皮套 /'həʊlstə(r)/
n. (刀剑柄)圆头 /'pɒml/
adj. 可笑的, 引人发笑的 /'rɪzəbl/
Trump’s plan to arm teachers – a bullet not worth biting
（697 words） By Robert Shrimsley ----------------------------------------------------- How many of your teachers would you have trusted with a gun? When Donald Trump floated his exciting policy proposal to minimise school shootings, I scanned my memory in search of teachers I would be reassured to see packing a piece. Perhaps this is one of those transatlantic-divide issues but, I have to say, the image of my form master with a Heckler & Koch was not entirely comforting. There were, after all, times when I tried his patience. I was a disruptive child and my mastery of gerunds was not all it could have been. In general, I hold with that European commie pinko view that the prospect of gun deaths in your immediate locale declines meaningfully if no one around actually has a gun. So I viewed the president’s idea with — what’s the correct term here? — incredulity. But then again, we are always being assailed by inspirational stories about teachers. Perhaps most people had school days punctuated with life-affirming lessons from the likes of Sidney Poitier, Robin Williams and Maggie Smith. I mean who would not trust Maggie with a Smith & Wesson? In advocating the idea, Trump talked about teachers who were “talented with weapons”. Now, call me old-fashioned but “talented with weapons” is not one of the key skills I look for in an English teacher. Imagine the interview process: “He was a bit wobbly on Shakespeare but he aced the free-fire zone.” But perhaps I am an outlier in not having been taught by anyone I would want to see armed. The president particularly specified coaches and sports teachers as among those who might be. Thinking of my own gym teachers, all I can say is “yikes”. I am sure they would have been the first to volunteer for special training. And there would have been none of this keeping the pistol in a locked box. They would have strutted around the school with their holsters showing and a “make my day” glint in their eyes. As one of those physical-education wasters who never entirely got the point of neck springs, I would worry about the consequences of continued failure on the pommel horse. We were, after all, a results-driven establishment. As for the caustic Welshman who taught me politics and history: I don’t think he would actually go so far as to shoot a pupil, but he would definitely have enjoyed making them dance. Let’s not forget that the perpetrators of these massacres tend to be armed with semi-automatic or automatic weapons. So are we sure a mere handgun will be enough for the head of history? If you go down the Trump route, you need a bit more firepower. Would a teacher feel truly safe with anything less than a Kalashnikov? In fact, why stop at the teachers? Are children to be denied their second amendment right to defend themselves? Surely a gun-toting teenager is the best defence against another gun-toting teenager. If all this sounds a bit glib, a little too close to the Florida tragedy, I would make the following points. First, it is always too close to a tragedy in the US. Second, it is often quiet, respectable people who have never previously aroused concern who carry out these atrocities. Maybe my school was unusual but I do not find it hard to imagine one of my teachers “cracking”. In fact, I do not need to imagine it and I can think of at least one who I am very glad had no access to lethal weaponry on the day he was forced to quit. And lest it seem I am taking a pop at teachers, I would add that there are not many people at work or home that I’d be pleased to see armed either. Guns have their moment and their uses, but it’s a lot harder to get shot if there are none around. Finally, the notion that arming teachers is a solution is so spectacularly risible, such an outrageous piece of political posturing and calculated indifference that mockery is almost the only recourse. You want an example of glibness? How about a head of state who holds that there is no problem that can’t be solved by a geography teacher with a Glock 17?
Why does Donald Trump want teachers to carry guns ?
To protect their students from dictatorship.
To claim their rights from the government.
To maintain law and order in classrooms.
To defend classrooms from mass shootings.
What can be inferred from the article about the author ?
He holds a negative view on teachers.
He is a student of Maggie Smith.
He is an ardent supporter of gun ban.
He is a European-born American citizen.
Which of the following statements is true according to the article ?
The perpetrators of mass shootings are mainly quiet and inconspicuous people.
Trump has proposed training sports teachers to use automatic weapons.
School teachers in America will be required to be talented with weapons.
Right-wing politicians are the main strength of gun rights supporters in the US.
What is the author's attitude towards Trump's proposal?
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2. 不要把一个个单词分开看，要学会整体把握一个语义群。比如“an emergency $180bn injection of dollar”是一个语义群，应该整体地去理解它
3. 在看英文影视剧的时候，切换到英文字幕。4. 保持这份认真的态度，坚持英语学习，你将会获得很大的提高。
2. 加强对英文的数字写法，尤其是大数量的数字(million, billion)的识别与中英文转换的练习。