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Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings

Trump emphasizes arming teachers as response to school shootings

On Thursday, he suggested bonuses for teachers who choose to carry guns.

"These people are cowards".

"I don't think I'll be going up against them", Trump said. "We need that. And then, after we do that, when we see this trouble, we have to nab them", he said.

Trump said that "an attack lasts about three minutes and it takes about five to eight minutes for the police to arrive, if you have a teacher at hand who knows how to use firearms, this could result in the attack to end quickly".

"When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our pupils in far more danger". We've seen tax reform but nothing to save our children's lives.

In an interview back at his home in South Florida, Pollack spoke positively about a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office.

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, knocked the proposal in a statement on behalf of the teachers' union.

He said if trained teachers had been armed during the Florida shooting a "teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened". "We want to learn everything we can learn. It is called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them", said the president.

"I don't want teachers to have guns". And this would only be, obviously, for people that are very adept at handling a gun.

Andy Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 killed in last week's shooting at a Florida high school, said he won't let his daughter's death be in vain and that he intends to "make a difference". Marco Rubio said he now is open to raising age requirements for long-gun purchases. "Does anybody have an idea for a solution to the school shooting, and the school shootings that we've gone through over the years?"

Making a rare joke about himself, Mr Trump said he goes to great lengths to hide his bald patch, which was revealed in recent photo when the wind blew as he boarded Air Force One.

The President said they were the "heaviest ever" sanctions to date against the country. "They live for gun-free zones". "He met with my kids, he spoke with my children, he comforted them".

"I did not become a teacher to disarm criminals", he said.

The President also praised himself while talking about recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying other presidents lied over promises to do the same thing. I don't like it. "I'd much rather have a hardened school".

"I mean, I don't want to have 100 guards standing with rifles all over the school".

The President also blamed violence in video games and movies as partly responsible for shaping young people's thoughts.

President Donald Trump says the Rev. Billy Graham is among the few people who deserve to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. And they're very adept at doing that. They are good people.

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he was skeptical the president would follow though.

Trump tells an annual gathering of conservative activists that few people are afforded the honor and "it's a big thing".

"I do want to reiterate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation were some of the awesome first responders who were helping us get to safety", she told CNN, "and the fact that he wants to discredit them in any way and that he's trying to shift our focus onto them is - it's not acceptable". It doesn't make anyone look good. Mr Trump has pledged to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

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