Trump endorses tighter controls, armed teachers

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"Teachers already shoulder a huge burden when it comes to educating properly, due to lack of funding, support and resources and making sure their students are taken care of emotionally". The president said this idea is one that legislators should consider.

"I think that if we find the policy solutions that make the most sense that we can get buy in for, we'll figure out the rest of the pieces that you outlined", he said. "If you harden the sites you're not going to have this problem ..." "We sat with him and we went over our concerns".

The people assembled for the White House meeting on Wednesday included parents of students killed in massacres at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

"Maybe 10 per cent or 20 per cent of the population of teachers", he said.

"He never went in", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday.

"And the beauty is it's concealed", Trump said. I don't want to tell my son 'you're going to have to participate in an active shooter drill.

"We trying to put our teachers in a position to be better equipped to protect their kids", Clugston said. "We need offensive capability".

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"Why would we entertain the thought of the idea of teachers of being armed?"

At the Conservative Political Action Committee, where the President is scheduled to speak Friday morning, voters appeared ready to follow Trump's lead.

"So this insane man who walked in wouldn't even know who it is who has [a gun]". "These teachers love their students, and the students love their teachers, and these teachers are talented with weaponry and with guns".

Trump said he understood why other presidents had reneged on the promise because they came under tremendous pressure not to move it after assuming office.

Trump reiterated on Twitter he would advocate for tightening background checks for gun buyers, with an emphasis on mental health, and lifting the age limit to buy some kinds of guns.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, chairman of the National Governors Association, applauded Trump earlier this week for directing the Justice Department to craft regulations that would ban "bump stocks", devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatics to that of almost fully automatic weapons. Trump suggested on Thursday he wanted some action, tweeting, "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

The president also warned about children's exposure to violence in video games, movies and the Internet.

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"This would only be obviously for people who are very adept at handling a gun", said Trump.

Trump's suggestion was music to America's most powerful gun lobby at the annual meeting of the American Conservative Union.

Trump said that pistol-packing teachers would deter mass shootings, even though there was an armed guard on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when shooter Nikolas Cruz unleashed his rampage.

Some parents News 12 Long Island spoke with agreed, saying that a student could possibly wind up with a teachers gun. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

Nelson also called for "common-sense solutions", including outlawing certain firearms. "And I have complete faith in our team, that they're willing to stand up and protect our people".

The father, who was with his three sons, exclaimed at one point: "I'm pissed!"

Arkansas passed a similar law in 2015, which allows all Arkansas school districts to apply to the Arkansas State Police for permission to arm teachers and staff.

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