'Gun free' schools are magnets for 'bad people': Trump

US president suggested arming a select group of teachers to deter mass shootings


Afp February 22, 2018
US President Donald Trump bows his head during a prayer as he sits between Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors and students Julia Cordover (L) and Carson Abt (R) as the president hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers to discuss school safety at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2018 PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON DC: A "gun free" school is nothing but a "magnet" for mass shooters, President Donald Trump said Thursday, doubling down on a proposal to train and arm some teachers to keep US schools safe.

"Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!" Trump tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/966657362789568512

At a White House meeting late Wednesday with survivors of a shooting rampage at a Florida high school that killed 17 people, Trump suggested arming a select group of teachers to deter mass shootings.

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Trump suggests arming teachers as he meets Florida survivors

"I never said 'give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake News @CNN &@NBC," Trump tweeted.

"What I said was to look at the possibility of giving 'concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to

...immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.

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"Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A 'gun free' school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!"

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At the Wednesday meeting, billed as a "listening session," Trump also promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/966487844662456320

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

"Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/966662241977360384

Currently 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.

Trump suggests arming teachers as he meets Florida survivors

"Bump stocks" are legal devices that clip on to the back end of a rifle and harness the gun's recoil, essentially turning a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one.

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COMMENTS (2)

Bunny Rabbit | 3 years ago | Reply DT needs a reality check. or a better PR . he does not understand what he's speaking sometimes . The answer to this problem is simple - take away ALL guns from general populace . why cant he see this much.
Afridi | 3 years ago | Reply This puffed idiot doesnt know what those families have been going through. A cold heart savage in the whitehouse still not giving up the gun culture. Arming the teachers and giving them training to guard the schools?? why wouldnt they consider changing career to become armed operatives like Black Water or JSOC!! Wake up Americans.
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