Trump says a school 'is frankly no different' than a military base

Trump says a school 'is frankly no different' than a military base

Trump, on Twitter noted that he "will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health", raising the age requirement to purchase guns to 21, and ending the sale of bump stocks and other devices that convert semiautomatic guns into rapid-fire automatic rifles.

"These teachers love their students, and these teachers are talented with weaponry and with guns", Mr Trump said.

Trump promised "very strong on background checks", and he suggested he supported allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons to be ready for intruders.

The push to make schools safer came as the local sheriff's office released details of almost two dozen visits to the residences of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old behind the assault at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida.

"If you had a teacher who was adept the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly", he said Wednesday, stating that schools could arm up to 20% of their teachers to stop "maniacs" who may try and attack them.

Todd Fuller, a spokesperson for MSTA, said arming teachers isn't the answer to better protecting students. The president seemed to double-down on his stance in his tweets on Thursday, arguing that a well-armed classroom would prevent future tragedies like the Florida school shooting.

"I do not understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR", said student Sam Zeif, 18, sobbing after he described texting his family during the attack.

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"Not surprised the NRA reeled President Trump back in", Schumer said.

The debate over gun control and school safety remained in the spotlight Thursday, as President Trump pushed a plan to arm some teachers with guns at school.

Leaving aside the issues of training, equipment and skill, we should also consider that teachers themselves are not immune to mental illness, nor spared the stresses that can cause any person to do something bad with a gun. "We should do what works", Trump says in the excerpts. Our place is with our students, to do what we are trained to do by the law enforcement people who are doing what they are trained to. "As far as arming every teacher, it's not a good idea".

"Why do we protect our airports, our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?" the President said.

On Wednesday, Florida Republican Sen. "And once you do this you will have a situation where all of a sudden this frightful plague will stop", Trump said in reply to a question from VOA at the end of a 55-minute White House session on school shootings.

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them".

But his suggestion of arming teachers drew scorn at the town hall meeting. "And a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened". Still, gun owners are a key part of his base of supporters. Jon Bath has taught at Sunnyside High School since 2000.

In lieu of discussing concrete proposals to keep schools safer, Trump spent most of Thursday's event going on a number of rants.

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