Trump defends arming teachers to stop a ‘sicko shooter’

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposal to arm teachers, saying he wants «adept» educators with concealed guns to fire back at a «sicko shooter.»

I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience — only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018

….immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018

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Trump’s comments, in a morning tweet storm, come a day after he heard emotional pleas and personal stories of loss from the parents and friends of young people who had died in school shootings at a White House event on Wednesday.

At that meeting, Trump spoke about potential solutions to address school shootings, such as advocating arming school officials and teachers with guns and ending gun-free zones, which he said are a sign to shooters that says, «Let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.»

The Thursday morning tweets were an attempt by the to clarify his remarks at the listening session.

«If a potential ‘sicko shooter’ knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!» Trump tweeted.


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The president said at the White House event that concealed carry «only works» with people who are «very adept at using firearms» but said that if one of the «brave» coaches in Parkland who tried to stop the shooter had had a gun, he could have shot the shooter instead of running at him.

Some parents present seemed to open to the idea on Wednesday at the White House. But Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son Daniel in the Sandy Hook massacre, vehemently pushed back.

«School teachers have more than enough responsibilities right now than to have the awesome responsibility of lethal force to take a life,» said Barden, who is married to a teacher.

Shooters are «not going to care if someone’s there with a gun,» he said. «That’s their plan anyway.»

The president on Thursday, in a tweet, also continued to push his plan for comprehensive background checks, mental health and raising the age to buy firearms to 21 and banning bump stocks.

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