23 February, 2018
Trump suggested giving teachers guns at a meeting at the White House on Wednesday with survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and three teachers dead.
Seventeen people were shot and killed last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which has sparked a renewed call on lawmakers for action on gun laws.
"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms it could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said to the gathering of shooting survivors and family members of slain children.
"Crooked Hillary said that I want guns brought into the school classroom", Trump tweeted in May 2016, referring to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He said he will consider making background checks tougher for gun buyers, and raising the age at which certain guns can be bought.
"I'm gonna get rid of the gun free zones on the military bases". She said the idea to arm herself in school began with the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults died.
"I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", he said at a meeting on school safety.More news: Winter Olympics highlights: Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold; Canada beats USA hockey
"You won't have, in my opinion, you won't have these shooters because these people are cowards", he said. "We protect airports, we protect concerts, stadiums, embassies, the Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator".
"They see that as such a handsome target", Trump said.
On Wednesday, Trump floated the possibility of having more armed teachers in schools to prevent school shootings.
Trump disagrees, saying that teachers carrying a weapon should be paid more money, adding that it would be cheaper and more effective than hiring armed guards.
Over in Maryland, Vice President Mike Pence echoed some of the administration's suggestions for reform and said school safety will be a top national priority in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "We can't allow that to happen, '" Trump said.
Julia Cordover, a senior class president at the school, was one of a number of students who pressed Trump to ensure that "no person in this world will ever have to go through" such a tragedy again.