Trump Says He Advocates Arming Only Teachers With Special Training


During a packed stadium of Parkland, Florida students, teachers, parents, police and politicians, the school superintendent refused to allow one of the solutions that came from President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON ― Students and parents affected by mass shootings met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to plead for meaningful action to curb gun violence.

"You'd have a lot of people that'd be armed, that'd be ready, they are professionals, they may be Marines that left the Marines, left the Army, left the Air Force, and they are very adept at doing that".

Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 14 students and three school workers at the school in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Trump argues arming educators will act as a deterrent to shooters. "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that". You don't want to be me. Also present at the meeting were representatives from advocacy groups formed after the school shootings at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School. "How is this still happening?"

Trump has said making schools safer will be a top priority for the administration. I don't understand why I can still go into a store and buy a weapon of war?

Some were supportive of Trump though. He says: "I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health". (One of them, David Hogg, declined the invitation.) Several of the students and parents who were present praised his approach, called for a greater presence of guns on school campuses, advocated a tightening of other security measures, or did not suggest specific changes.

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The NRA has agreed to participate in a televised town hall on guns to be broadcast by CNN later on Wednesday, the news network said. "But we leave some animal to walk into a school". Starting about two minutes after this meeting, we're going to work.

"We as a country failed our children", the anguished father stressed as he proposed a fix to the school first.

President Trump voiced support for arming teachers and other school staff to prevent school shootings as well as raising the minimum age for gun purchases, boosting background checks and detaining potentially unsafe people in mental institutions if they can not be held by police. Mark Barden, whose son was killed at Sandy Hook, criticised it, saying teachers already have too much too worry about.

He promised to be "strong" on background checks, and mentioned the possibility of school employees carrying concealed weapons. Still, gun owners are a key part of his base of supporters.

"The bump stock used in the Las Vegas shooting was determined by the Obama (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) not to be a device with such automatic capability".

Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also joined Trump at the listening session.