Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

Mr. Trump suggested in a series of tweets on Thursday that he would be open to exploring the idea of "gun adept teachers with military or special training experience" being able to carry concealed weapons at schools as a deterrence to prevent shootings.

Trump addresses the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 23 February 2018.

Later during the meeting he clarified that up to 40 per cent - not all - teachers would be armed under his proposal, with those who had served as Marines particularly suited to the role.

"You have to have a certain degree of offensive power within the school, it can't always be defense", he said.

Peterson, the resource deputy at the Parkland, Florida, high school, waited outside the building as Nikolas Cruz fired shots, killing 17 people last week, officials said Thursday. "We give them a little bit of a bonus", Trump said. Early Thursday, Trump tweeted his strongest stance on gun control one day after an emotional White House session where students and parents poured out wrenching tales of lost lives and pleaded for action.

The NRA chief described Democrat lawmakers calling for gun control as "European-style socialists" and accused them of exploiting last week's school shooting in Florida.

LaPierre said the same thing after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"We need solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators", said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association. He also said he didn't want to give all teachers guns, just "highly adept" people. "But we are here to tell the same people that there's also an 8th Amendment, which says it is cruel and unusual punishment to allow our people, and our kids, and our teachers, to be gunned down at schools, on the streets".

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Weigend added that, even in the cases often cited as examples of "good guys with guns" stopping bad guys, there were still casualties.

He has signaled he favors raising the age at which someone can buy semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21, wants expanded background checks and is ready to prohibit bump fire stocks, which can make semiautomatic weapons fire rounds more rapidly.

Gorham believes people who advocate for arming teachers are doing it to sell more guns, not to make classrooms safe.

"I'm not saying you love the tragedy".

"If a potential "sicko shooter" knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school".

"Evil walks among us and God help us if we don't harden our schools and protect our kids", said executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre. Yet by midweek he had derailed, telling grieving survivors and parents during a White House listening session that more guns on campus would solve the problem. "Can we answer that question honestly, any of us.knowing that we surround and protect so much with armed security while we drop our kids off at school that are so-called gun-free zones that are wide-open targets for any insane madman bent on evil to come there first?" They love this country.

And he re-aired themes from his 2016 campaign, citing a "very crooked media, we had a crooked candidate, too, by the way", referencing former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

But there were no words of support from the NRA for his minimum-age proposal - and outright opposition from organizations of teachers and school security guards for the idea of arming schools to deal with intruders. "Our banks, our airports, our National Basketball Association games, our NFL games, our office buildings - they're all more protected than our children at school", La Pierre told the audience.

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