President Trump says teachers 'adept' to weapons should be armed in schools

Hours After Meeting Shooting Survivors Trump Starts Praising The NRA

According to Weigend, 68 percent of members of the National Association for Education oppose the idea of firearms training or carrying weapons in schools, a fact echoed by several teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the wake of last week's shooting.

"I'm strongly for concealed carry, strongly for arming the teachers like Trump said", said Nick Fuentes, 19, from Chicago, as he stood outside the booth.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump discussed the possibility of giving concealed guns to "highly trained, gun adept" teachers and coaches with military experience or other specialized trainings.

The gun rights group has also supported Trump's other responses to recent shootings, including an overhaul to the background check system and the push to regulate bump-fire stocks.

"It's a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement", he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called "socialists" on the political left, and at the "so-called national news media".

Parents hate how much they're on their smartphones.

"The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end", he said. Legislative efforts to pass gun control measures after other mass shootings all failed because they lacked enough support. "Like here I am - take me", he said. An armed Broward County sheriff's deputy, the regular school resource officer, was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at the time of the shooting.

Also addressing conservatives at CPAC, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said that "many media love mass shootings". "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".

President Donald Trump, however, decided instead to return to a debunked right-wing idea for solving gun violence: more guns in schools.

Victims and individuals affected by shootings that took place in Parkland, Florida; Newtown, Connecticut; and Columbine, Colorado spoke to President Trump regarding the need for action to keep schools safe and free of any tragic fatalities caused by gun violence. He said he will tighten background checks on potential gun purchasers and raise the age at which certain guns can be bought.

Now under federal law, anyone 18 or over can buy a gun from a private, unlicensed seller, although a handful of states have set the minimum age at 21.

The NRA was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, and it remains unclear how far the president will go to cross them.

"I do not think it would be fair to expect them to be able to go from teaching mode to a security mode in just moments", he said. I think there are a lot of people who if they are - a lot of teachers who aren't now trained would be willing to get trained. He said he believed "they love our Country and will do the right thing".

"I think it's an extremely bad idea to arm teachers with guns", history teacher Greg Pittman told MSNBC.

That would mean weapons for around 700,000 educators, a potentially massive business opportunity for gun manufacturers. That's like here I am, take me.

In a pair of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said he was clarifying news reports that said he wanted to arm teachers, a proposal that has been met with skepticism and rejection. They're not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns-it may be 10% or may be 40%.

One point all three legislators agreed on was that arming teachers in schools was not the best idea.

"You have teachers that are Marines. A non-starter in the Senate". Gun Owners of America, for example, wrote that doing so "would set an incredibly risky precedent which would leave to administrative bans on virtually any type of firearm".

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