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Donald Trump seeks to arm teachers

Published Feb 23, 2018, 2:24 am IST
Updated Feb 23, 2018, 2:24 am IST
Survivors, parents call on US President for long-term solution to menace.
Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at a rally for gun control reform in Tallahassee, Florida, on Thursday. 	(Photo:AP)
 Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrive at a rally for gun control reform in Tallahassee, Florida, on Thursday. (Photo:AP)

Washington: Under pressure to act, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to find a long-term solution to stop growing gun violence in America and floated the idea of arming teachers to prevent a repeat of the recent Florida school shooting that killed 17 people, mostly students.

Trump responded to a number of emotional stories from the survivors and parents of victims from the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 by pledging to act on school shootings “two minutes” after a listening session.


The event, hosted in the White House’s State Dining Room, brought Trump face-to-face with angry students and parents who have demanded firmer action on gun violence. “We want to learn everything we can learn. Starting about two minutes after this meeting, we’re going to work. This is a long-term situation that we have to solve. We’ll solve it together,” Trump said.

A. Pollack, whose daughter died in the school shooting said that it is time for the country to come together. “We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen,” he said. “I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave it, some animal could walk into a school and shoot our children. It’s just not right, and we need to come together as a country and work on what’s important, and that’s protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now,” Pollack said.


Trump listened to all of the participants. One of the participants suggested having people in the school — teachers, administrators, who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom, and are given training throughout the year. “There are plenty of teachers that are already licensed to carry firearms. Have them raise their hands to volunteer for the training, and when something like this starts, the first responders are already on campus,” he said. Trump appeared to be favourable to the idea.

“If the coach had a firearm in his locker...if he had a firearm, he wouldn't have had to run. He would have shot, and that would have been the end of it. And this would only be, obviously, for people that are very adept at handling a gun. It is called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them,” said the president.


Trump said that the background checks are going to be very strong. “We need that. And then, after we do that, when we see this trouble, we have to nab them,” he said.