Superintendent: 'We don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers'

Carla Harmon
February 23, 2018

United States President Donald Trump suggested that teachers in USA schools should be armed to deter future mass shootings among students.

As well as arming teachers, Trump also said that his administration was going to be "very strong on background checks", suggesting that he could raise the minimum age for purchasing a firearm.

"If you had a teacher ... who was adept at firearms, it could very well end the attack very quickly", said Mr Trump, who acknowledged the idea would be controversial.

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

President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back on coverage of his meeting with school shooting survivors-saying he did not call for all teachers to carry guns while in the same tweetstorm reiterating his idea that some teachers carry guns.

President Trump hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 21, 2018.

He wrote: 'I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health.

"It's called concealed carry", Trump said.

In subsequent tweets, Trump went on to explain how he wants to arm teachers, contradicting his initial statement even further.

Trump's suggestions came after surviving family members and teacher who've all endured school shootings spoke on their experience.

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

"ATTACKS WOULD END", Mr. Trump said. "The laws of the country have failed".

Students, staff and parents affected by Parkland, Sandy Hook and other massacres participated in a "listening session" broadcast live on American TV.

Trump then suggested that mentally unstable people would never attack a school if they knew they would be met by armed teachers capable of taking them down.

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