New Trump plan would give teachers bonuses for carrying guns in class

Andrew Pollack flanked by his sons speaks during Donald Trump's listening session on gun violence

Mr Trump's follow up tweets showed him seeking a balance between satisfying those calling for controls on weapons, and not alienating the powerful NRA gun lobby.

"If you had a teacher who is adept at firearms it could very well end the attack very quickly", Trump said to the gathering of shooting survivors and family members of slain children. "I dont like it. Id much rather have a hardened school". I don't like it.

The president said he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. "I think it's insane, I think it's very bad for children".

But the President later reiterated his strategy, saying specially trained teachers with concealed weapons would be the best deterrent against a "savage sicko" with "bad intentions". "And it's gonna be fast", he added later.

Despite the president stepping up pressure on the department in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, some ATF officials maintain that only Congress can render such devices illegal, and, in any event, amending existing gun laws or passing new legislation would be a faster approach.

'I think it's insane, i think it's very bad for children'.

He spoke in the wake of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 14 students and three adults.

"Instead of advertising the school has no guns, we are gun free, do the opposite", he said. If you harden the sites, you're not going to have this problem.

"Educators need to be focused on teaching our students".

Eskelsen Garcia, the NEA president, said what is needed are "solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators". "But we'll study that along with many other ideas". He said later in the meeting, in which Education secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also participated, that the federal government would provide some funding for additional training.

Trump is discussing the issue with state and local officials from around the country who are at the White House.

US President Donald Trump meeting with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students at the White House, Feb. 22, 2018.

"Their goal is to eliminate the Second Amendment and our firearms freedoms so they can eradicate all individual freedoms", LaPierre said, speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to an audience that typically bristles at the notion of restricting Second Amendment rights.

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

Trump appeared to be endorsing a plan to raise the minimum age to buy assault-type weapons. The NRA supports efforts to prevent those who are a danger to themselves or others from getting access to firearms.

As for Mr. Trump, while he was publicly nudging the NRA to accept certain changes, he also made sure to note to his supporters of where he stands on guns.

Today, Trump tweeted his strongest stance on gun control one day after an emotional White House session where students and parents poured out wrenching tales of lost lives and pleaded for action.

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