Donald Trump says armed teachers could help stop future gun attacks


The decision, made on Tuesday, Feb. 20, came after his administration came under scrutiny for a lack of response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 14, that left 17 people dead.

'If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could end the attack really quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that - and we are going to be looking at it very strongly...but the good thing is you will have a lot of [armed] people with that'.

Mr Trump sat in the middle of a semi-circle in the White House State Dining Room, listening intently as survivors and parents wept and delivered emotional appeals for change. Zeif, 18, meanwhile, questioned why he could be permitted to buy an AR-15 style rifle, which he called a "weapon of war".

He urged Trump to, "never let this happen again, please".

"That process began in December and just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns". "She was murdered last week".

Urgent calls for action following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, which left 20 children and six teachers dead in CT, failed to break the national deadlock on gun control.

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Mr. Trump said he would strengthen background checks and look to increase mental health services. In a meeting with survivors of Florida school shooting, he also promised a strong background checks on gun owners. It's been going on too long.

Throughout the day Wednesday, television news showed footage of student survivors of the violence marching on the Florida state Capitol, calling for tougher laws.

"It's called concealed carry".

"I lost a best friend, practically a brother, I'm here to use my voice because I know he can't", said Samuel Zeif, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where last week's killings took place.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was among the Stoneman Douglas victims, told Trump it was far too easy for people such as the 19-year-old shooter gunman Nikolas Cruz to acquire weapons.

"The laws of the country have failed", he said. "We need common-sense gun laws right now!".

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Before Trump's meeting, students across the United States walked out of classes in sympathy protests, including hundreds of teens from the Washington suburbs who gathered in front of the White House. "I want to feel safe at school." he said.

Similar walkouts were held or planned in Florida, Phoenix, Arizona; Pittsburgh and Chicago, according to witnesses and local news media accounts.

Apart from endorsing this idea during the one-hour-long event, Trump also said that it is important to have more mental institutions and hospitals to house worrisome teenagers.

Many protesters complained that politicians were not serious about reform, and they cautioned that they would oppose in future elections any politician who took campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: 'If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years, and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold'.

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Organizers of the gun shows to be held in Boca Raton and at the Miami-Dade County's fairgrounds could not be reached by Reuters. Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a Parkland , Fla., school shooting.