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Trump suggests "gun adept" teachers can prevent mass shootings

23 February 2018, 02:06 | Kristopher Drake

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"A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people", he said.

That part didn't sit well with people on social media, who point out Trump shouldn't need notes to remind him of how to empathize with these students and parents.

"A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, 'Let's go in and let's attack because bullets aren't coming back at us, '" Trump said.

US President Donald Trump has said that he'll seriously consider a proposal to arm school teachers in an attempt to prevent mass shootings like the one in Florida last week that claimed 17 lives.

Trump spoke as he opened a school-safety discussion with state and local officials at the White House in response to the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school last week.

The mother of a six-year-old Sandy Hook victim, Nicole Hockley, urged the President to use his time in office to stop school shootings happening.

"I'm pissed. It was my daughter I am not going to see again", Pollack said as he ended his statement to the president. She relayed suggestions from parents of two students killed last week - banning assault rifles, strengthening Federal Bureau of Investigation protocols that lapsed and allowed the Parkland shooter to slip through the proverbial cracks and addressing the role of guns. "If we don't have offensive measures within these schools, you're just kidding yourselves folks", he said. The youngest of Trump's five children, 11-year-old Barron, attends a private school in Potomac, Maryland.

"I don't understand why I could still go into a store and buy a weapon of war", Zeif said, fighting back tears.

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"The NRA has been an implacable enemy of legal mechanisms to enforce gun laws", said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).

President Donald Trump bows his head during a prayer as he sits between Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors and students Julia Cordover (L) and Carson Abt (R) at the White House, February 21, 2018.

The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as fellow students staged classroom walkouts and rallies in cities across the country.

He added that if a teacher is adept at firearms, the attack could be ended very quickly.

But in the face of rising calls for tougher regulations, Trump is showing signs that he is willing to confront the problem.

But his suggestion of arming teachers drew scorn at the town hall meeting.

Trump also offered other possible solutions during the listening session, calling for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to arming teachers.



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