Armed Teachers Would Have 'Shot The Hell' Out Of Florida Gunman

The President also took to Twitter this morning, where he expounded upon this bad idea and then praised the NRA, which, in 2016, spent $11.4 million in campaign ads for Trump. The win in Florida for Trump sent rival Marco Rubio, the USA senator from the Sunshine State, crashing out of the campaign.

"I want certain highly adept people - people that understand weaponry, guns".

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump asserted that media outlets were misreporting his remarks.

The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - where 17 students and educators were slain on Feb 14 by a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle - has revived the long-running USA debate over gun rights.

President Donald Trump said he supports giving bonuses to teachers who receive firearm training. Nevertheless, he quickly reiterated his support for training and arming "the best" 20 percent of teachers to "immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions".

Trump then suggested that mentally unstable people would never attack a school if they knew they would be met by armed teachers capable of taking them down. He also suggested that he is interested in exploring increasing awareness of mental health issues, and said that he is considering an end to gun free school zones as well.

"This would only be obviously for people who are very adept at handling a gun", said Trump. "You need 100, 150 security guards", Trump said.

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"I think they wouldn't go into the schools to start off with - I think it could very well solve your problem", he said. "We need to keep guns out of schools, not add more guns to schools, and we work in close partnership with the NYPD to ensure the safety of all school buildings".

"I want my schools protected just like I want my banks protected".

The White House meeting was attended by students, their parents and also the parents of victims of other U.S. school shootings.

Later during the meeting he clarified that up to 40 per cent - not all - teachers would be armed under his proposal, with those who had served as Marines particularly suited to the role.

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida sparked numerous teen-led protests in several cities across the US. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime.

On Wednesday a photographer snapped a closeup of a cue card in Trump's hands that appeared to list reminders for things to say as he listened to the survivors' testimony.

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