Trump Suggests Arming Teachers with Guns to Prevent School Shootings

The latest on the Parkland school shooting

Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres

The US president said "attacks would end" if around a fifth of America's teachers were armed with concealed weapons and trained in how to use them. "They love our country", he said.

It later emerged there was an armed sheriff's deputy on campus during the Florida shooting, but he failed to act, and resigned after being suspended without pay.

Runcie was addressing the crowd gathered for CNN's town hall, "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action" on Wednesday evening in Sunrise, Florida. "All because of the damage that a single AR-15 rifle caused".

The president asked about the arming of teachers during Wednesday's listening session at the White House where students, parents and educators with ties to school shootings gathered to talk about the issue.

"Currently, I don't believe it's a good idea to arm teachers". I don't know why I can still go into a store and buy a weapon of war.

"We've got seven years to go", Mr. Trump said to cheers.

"Crooked Hillary said that I want guns brought into the school classroom", Trump tweeted in May 2016, referring to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He did not endorse a widely popular proposal to require background checks for all gun purchases.

"Let's get it done right", the President said of action on a variety of fronts to deal with school shootings.

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"Let's never let this happen again please, please. Please", he told the president. I mean what could possibly go wrong?

Teachers should teach and schools should not resemble prisons, they argue.

At least 17 people were killed in the February 14 shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida.

Hundreds of students descended on City Hall in Minneapolis, and marched in other cities, including Chicago, the Midwestern metropolis wracked by gun violence.

Brock Cartwright, the superintendent in Claude, Texas, won't reveal how many or who among his teachers is armed, but the district's message to potential intruders blares in capital letters in three signs: "Please be aware that the staff at Claude ISD is armed and may use whatever force necessary to protect our students".

Scott proposed a ban on "bump stocks" - an accessory which turns a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one - and making it easier for courts "to prohibit a violent or mentally ill person from purchasing or possessing a firearm".

Calls to ban bump stocks have been mounting since Stephen Paddock, a retired accountant, used them on several of his weapons to kill 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas in October 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history. (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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