Trump praises NRA, says it will 'do the right thing'

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

Mr LaPierre echoed his words from 2012 following the Sandy Hook tragedy, saying: "Lean in, listen to me now, and never forget these words: to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun".

LaPierre used his address to the conservative conference CPAC to hit out at anti-gun campaigners, who, led by young survivors of the shooting, have attempted to make political headway in the last week.

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LaPierre, speaking at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, portrayed the NRA as the true protector of the country's schoolchildren and offered free training to those who want to bear arms to protect schools. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment".

Elites want to "eliminate our firearms freedoms and eradicate all the individual freedoms", he said.

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Amid a continuing storm over gun violence in America following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Mr Trump also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in USA schools, insisting: "There's nothing more important than protecting our children".

"I am devastated. Sick to my stomach".

"People make judgments out on the street every day", Mr Bowdich said, adding that the bureau is still trying to determine exactly what went wrong. He was quoted by the Miami Herald.

Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School cross country team organised a run to honour their fallen coach, Scott Beigel, and the other victims of the school shooting.

He also called out leading Democrats by name, denouncing Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and others as "European-style socialists". If they truly cared, what they would do is they would protect them. Many Twitter users, however, seemed to be aghast at POTUS' suggestion that teachers must now be made to carry guns with them. "But the NRA, the NRA does care".

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He accused gun control advocates of using last week's massacre of 17 people at a Florida school to further their own political aims. Trump even tweeted his support for the NRA on Thursday morning, naming LaPierre specifically as someone who "work [s] so hard" and "will do the right thing".

But it's unclear if Mr. Trump will push for more federal funding to provide such bonuses, or for any laws related to arming school grounds.

He said the NRA would help any USA school with their safety and security, free of charge. "Government does not have to be slow or lethargic, and when it comes to protecting our schools and our kids, we need to be swift and decisive".

And while groups like the American Federation of Teachers have slammed the idea of arming teachers, the concept isn't unheard of.

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