In CPAC speech, Trump calls for arming teachers, more guards at schools

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan opposes new gun control legislation after the February 14 school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead

"When they feel gun ownership is threatened, then they're going to respond as if that's the pre-eminent issue", he said.

The powerful gun lobby's spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, took it further, saying that "many in legacy media love mass shootings".

"I am not convinced that that is the best way to keep our students safe", Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning said this week.

"I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health".

Trump has been proposing a growing list of ideas, including more stringent background checks for gun buyers, reopening some mental institutions to hold potential killers and banning "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic machine guns. He has floated the idea of arming teachers as a possible deterrent.

"Anyone who pushes arming teachers doesn't understand teachers and doesn't understand our schools".

Their comments followed a week that saw students and families of shooting victims executing walk-outs, protests and face-to-face meetings with elected leaders, including President Trump, in calls for gun control and school security.

17 people were killed last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and teachers. "They want to make all of us less free". "Cmon. We should not be sending this message out that we have to strap guns on to protect ourselves". Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms. "It got me thinking, 'What would I do if a shooting at my school happened?'" "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America's mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"You want a hardened school, and I want a hardened school, too".

"When we're dealing the mentally ill, as we were in this last case - he was a very sick person and somebody that should have been nabbed.I guess they had 39 different occasions where they were able to see him or potentially see him".

"The NRA will back it and so will Congress", Mr Trump contended as he called for raising the legal age of purchase for "all" guns from 18 to 21.

The US Congress has always been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin. "When you have seconds to act when you hear the code for an active shooter, is a teacher supposed to use those seconds getting her gun instead of getting her students to safety?" she said in the statement.

Several leaders said lawmakers should make it more hard to get guns, rather than looking to arm educators.

Twitter accounts for the three brands tweeted the statement in response to inquiries from users, some of whom identified themselves as customers, demanding it sever ties with the NRA.

But would strapping guns on teachers make them educators, or armed guards?

"I mean, he's near the end of his career", he said.

"My friends and I have been playing video games our whole lives, and seen, of course, violent movies", Samuel Zeif told CNN, "but never have we ever felt driven or provoked by those action in those games to do something as terrible as this". "Do we really love our money and our celebrities more than we love our children?"

"I'm not just talking about Bernie Sanders", LaPierre said.

Kasey Hansen did not grow up with guns around the house, never mind owning one. The president said this idea is one that legislators should consider.

President Trump voiced support of the NRA Thursday.



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