Trump calls again for security changes in wake of Florida school shooting

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

He suggested that if a teacher had a gun in Parkland, Florida last week, "the teacher would have shot the hell out of" the gunman "before he knew what happened".

The president has since doubled down on the proposal, saying it could be 10 percent or 40 percent of the teachers in a given school, and suggesting that those teachers who participate could be given a bonus.

Would giving guns to teachers make students feel safer - or even more on-guard, when they should be open to learning? "If anything, I would rather be armed with critical resources that are necessary to help my students succeed, not to have to militarize our schools".

A day after an emotional meeting with survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 students were killed by fellow student Nikolas Cruz, President Trump tweeted the notion that "highly-trained teachers" could carry guns as a deterrent to school attackers.

"We want to ensure when we see warning signs, we act quickly", said the president of school shooters.

He did, though, agree with raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 years old.

"We have to find a way to harden those targets so that our students aren't sitting ducks", he said.

"I want certain highly adept people, people that understand weaponry, guns - if they really have that aptitude".

Photo President Trump during a listening session with students and teachers at the White House on Wednesday. But you could have concealed [guns] on the teacher.

Joseph Connelly, a high school physics and chemistry teacher, took to Twitter to argue against the idea.

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This, as the gun control movement has been given fresh momentum by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Trump also took aim at a range of social ills and other factors that he said are aggravating the school security situation without challenging the NRA, which has hunkered down to protect its idea of the 1791 right to bear arms on American citizens.

One point all three legislators agreed on was that arming teachers in schools was not the best idea.

"They're not going to walk into a school if 20 per cent of the teachers have guns". But I like the solution he proposed, which is to arm Ms. Bowen or Mr. Schmidt and have them return some serious fire if someone invades their classroom with a gun.

"It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and I'm pissed".

All school officials said the preventative focus should be on building stronger relationships with students. "It would create an atmosphere of militarization in public spaces", said Karl Goeke, president of the Unit Five Education Association that represents teachers in the Normal-based district. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment", LaPierre said.

"It would be a small percentage, but it would be a lot of people", Trump said.

"I hope this time will be different". "And then you go the further step, and that's the movies". And you want to keep it away from kids, yet you want it to be accessible.

"Why are we treating our schools like they're supposed to be a military installation with teachers trained like police officers and military personnel?" she asked.

"My friends and I have been playing video games our whole lives, and seen, of course, violent movies", Samuel Zeif told CNN, "but never have we ever felt driven or provoked by those action in those games to do something as awful as this".

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