Trump pushes plan to arm teachers, suggests deputy a 'coward'

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Claiming teachers would be more likely to protect their students than a guard - a reference to school resource officer Scot Peterson who stood outside the building after the shooting broke out at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school - because "they love their students and want to protect them".

In the aftermath of the Florida school massacre, President Trump has told grieving family members and teen survivors that "we're going to settle this all together".

But the idea of arming teachers is welcomed in many rural communities, including by some students.

LaPierre said Thursday that those in favor of tighter gun laws "want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America's mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "We need people that can take care of our children".

US President Donald Trump, defending his controversial proposal to arm some of America's teachers, said on Friday (Feb 23) that a teacher with a gun would have "shot the hell" out of the teenager who went on a shooting rampage last week at a Florida high school. And he indicated he supported allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons to be ready for intruders. "They are not meant to know how to put on Kevlar vests for the other students or themselves", the 16-year-old said.

Some teachers have expressed mortification over the idea and questioned how it might work in practice. "Evil must be confronted immediately with all necessary force to protect our kids". Said one of the students who survived the tragedy.

One idea he did not like was more "active shooter" drills, which some schools hold.

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them".

Peck told CNN that he felt the training teachers now receive on how to recognize kids who need support is not in-depth enough.

Several teachers at Stoneman Douglas and the head of the county school system where the shooting took place said they were skeptical about Trump's suggestion.

Many participants, such as Grace Guishard, a second-grade teacher in Maryland, posted requests for more school counselors and social workers.

In Florida, Republican senator Marco Rubio said he now is open to raising age requirements for long-gun purchases. She told WUSA9 she was bullied when she was a child. Is that really the first message students should be receiving each day as they walk into school?

"I didn't wake up thinking this was going to happen on Valentine's Day and think that I'm gonna be thrown into this", Pollack said, "but I can't just let my daughter's death be in vain. It's not a battle - I think the NRA wants to do the right thing". He reiterated his push for "gun-adept teachers and coaches" to be able to carry concealed firearms.

I do not know of one serious crime prevention advocate in the developed world who would suggest that children are safer in a school because of firearms in their teachers' hands.

"It's time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers", he said. "I think a lot of people are going to like it". What if you miss the shooter and accidentally kill a student or another teacher? "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!"

Trump at the CPAC adds to the diverse programming featured on Newsmax TV, America's fast-growing news and information channel, carried in more than 40 million US satellite and cable homes.

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