Trump promotes arming teachers, but rejects active shooter drills

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The comments followed Trump's listening session Wednesday with survivors of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in the killing of 17 people.

"If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly", he said according to CNN reports.

Trump said he was open to looking "at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience". And he suggests he'd support allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons to be ready for intruders.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with the killings, with Trump now saying he wants to raise the age at which people can buy guns to 21, and also toughen up background checks.

President Donald Trump is meeting with state and local officials from around the country to discuss school safety.

He repeated his suggestion that some teachers get trained to handle firearms as a deterrent to shooters and disparaged "gun-free zones".

The February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 students and staff members were killed, was the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school and has spurred unprecedented youth-led protests. "I dont like it. Id much rather have a hardened school".

"The term active shooter drills particularly could be frightening for young children, he thinks a drill that has a different name that the brand of it frankly doesn't frighten children might be a better way to approach it", Shah told reporters at the White House briefing Thursday.

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He asked the group on Wednesday whether they agreed or disagreed with the proposal.

He said he wants to do more to "harden" schools instead of softening them and suggested that a "gun free zone" for someone who wants to be a killer is "like going in for the ice cream".

"A ‘gun free school is a magnet for bad people". That's like saying, 'Here I am, take me, ' " Trump said at the White House.

President Donald Trump says drills that teach students how to respond if an active shooter ever enters the premises "are a very negative thing".

"Cowards won't go there.problem solved". But he defended the gun lobby Thursday, and predicted that they would side with him on the issue.

"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.

Ashley Kurth, a Republican teacher who protected more than 60 people in her classroom, questioned Rubio about Trump's proposal to arm teachers.

National Rifle Association vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre echoed calls for schools to amp up security during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "That's 700,000 teachers. How would the president propose arming 700,000 teachers?" The NRA advocated for it in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children dead.