School officials: Arm teachers with student resources, not guns

School officials: Arm teachers with student resources, not guns

Students galvanised by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more USA rampages.

Even with President Donald Trump's support, the idea of arming school teachers is facing resistance.

Trump split with the NRA when he said he wanted to explore hiking the age to buy a rifle to 21. "Nobody's going to be shooting bullets in the other direction".

"If you had a teacher. who was adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly", he said.

Amid a continuing storm over gun violence in America following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Mr Trump also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in United States schools, insisting: "There's nothing more important than protecting our children".

President Trump continues to seemingly talk out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to the subject of arming teachers with guns in classrooms.

The president met on Wednesday with survivors of school shootings and family members of victims, and faced emotional pleas to do something to stop the violence.

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"I'm the biggest believer in the Second Amendment", Trump said. 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". He suggested that teachers would be more willing to defend students than security guards.

However, many teachers feel that the presence of guns would only make school more unsafe.

When Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart suggested increasing the number of active-shooter drills as a defensive measure, Trump called that insane, explaining, "I think it's very hard on children".

His support for any tightening of gun laws would mark a change for the Republican, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun rights group during the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. "We'll solve it together", Trump said.

"A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people".

"The number of people who actually purchase them at that age is very small, number one. You walk into school and see a teacher with a gun", said Michael Lowery, a junior at Palm Springs High School.

"We will provide immediate assistance, and we will also provide it absolutely free to any school in America", he said.

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