Donald Trump Suggests Arming Teachers to Prevent Massacres in Schools

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The president was referring to comments he made on Wednesday during a White House listening session with victims and survivors of school shootings, including last week's attack in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

"I don't know if Donald Trump has ever been to a public high school, but as far as I'm aware, teachers are meant to be educators", Calderon told CNN's Don Lemon on "CNN Tonight".

As U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with school shooting survivors from across the country, he held a card with talking points, one of which was a reminder him to say, "I hear you". Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive. In a meeting with survivors of Florida school shooting, he also promised a strong background checks on gun owners.

During the listening session, Trump proposed that teachers could be armed in an effort to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. According to a Washington Post analysis, arming 20% of teachers would cost a minimum of $251 million and exceed $1 billion at most. "We need more security, we need more firearms on campus, we need better background checks, and we need to study more on mental health".

As the meeting came to a close, the president was asked if he had concerns about teachers with guns making quick judgments in the chaos of a school shooting - he said no, and that they'd be "experts".

"It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past", Trump said. "A teacher would have a concealed gun on them and they would go for special training". He said a gun free zone, to a maniac, is "Let's go in and let's attack".

"What can we do to help you feel safe?".

Later that month he said, "I don't want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly".

Acknowledging that the idea was controversial, Trump said that his administration would give it serious study.

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