DUPREE: Trump searches for answers amid wrenching stories from Florida school shooting
- Author: Regina Holmes Feb 23, 2018,
Feb 23, 2018, 2:05
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst U.S. President Donald Trump holds his prepared questions as he hosts a listening session with high school students and teachers to discuss school safety at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2018.
"I want certain highly adept people, people who understand weaponry, guns" to have "a concealed [carry] permit" that work in the school so they can take on school shooters.
Trump's proposal to arm educators received a cool response, too, from a teacher who survived the shooting as well as the local sheriff at a town hall meeting in Florida. One person, however, did not stand for the madness and confronted Trump directly on gun violence at schools and gun reform laws that would actually make a difference.
It emerged after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland that there was an armed security guard on site, but he did not get the chance to engage the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, on the sprawling campus.
Trump spoke at length during the televised White House "listening session," attended by students, parents and people affected by other United States school shootings, about how armed teachers and security guards could frighten off potential shooters and prevent more deaths. "They'd go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone", Trump said at the event.
"I'm never going to see my kid again, I want you all to know that", said Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among those killed last week in Florida.
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"It would be teachers and coaches", Trump said. The White House has also made comments about increasing regulations for buying assault-style weapons such as the AR-15. "This shouldn't happen", Pollack said as he stood stoically looking directly at the president as he spoke in the State Dining Room of the White House. He said that if the school's assistant football coach Aaron Feis who shielded students from being shot had a firearm in his locker, he could have shot the shooter instead of running at him. "They see that it is such a attractive target, they live for gun free zones".
Trump's idea of arming teachers and school staff was met with support from numerous attendees, CNN reported.
He added "Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this".
The NRA opposes an outright ban on bump stocks but has said it would be open to restrictions on them.