Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

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"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something I'm comfortable with", Rubio said.

"I feel protected. I don't feel like they're going to threaten me in any way", said one student at Callisburg High School who didn't want to give her name.

Friday morning before leaving for CPAC 2018, the president spoke to reporters.

"We're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18", Trump said at the White House, adding that he thinks the NRA will back it - despite the group's stated opposition.

When gunman Brandon Hill brought a rifle to McNair Middle School here in Georgia in 2013, his standoff with police lasted more than a half hour but police were on the scene within 3 minutes. "It can't only be defense".

"We're getting rid of the bump stocks", Trump told the officials gathered at the White House on Thursday as he outlined his suggestions to improve safety at schools. "There is so much we can do to help this person before we reach this point". "This person that did this terrible act, he was mentally deranged and everybody knew it for a long period of time", he added.

The president said he has spoken with Republican congressional leaders - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. - about actions to promote school safety. "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", Trump tweeted.

"We have to harden our schools, not soften then up", Trump stated in the video below. But the president didn't provide a price tag or propose how school districts with limited resources would pay for it.

"Am I supposed to have a Kevlar vest?" asked Ashley Kurth, a teacher at Maryon Stoneman Douglas High School.

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A "gun free" school is nothing but a "magnet" for mass shooters, President Donald Trump said Thursday, doubling down on a proposal to train and arm some teachers to keep U.S. schools safe.

Trump at the CPAC adds to the diverse programming featured on Newsmax TV, America's fast-growing news and information channel, carried in more than 40 million US satellite and cable homes.

Numerous teens and their parents taking part have called for more curbs on guns.

"The problem is that risky people have very easy access to very unsafe weapons", said Eskelsen Garcia.

Trump appeared to be favourable to the idea.

"He never went in", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday. "I mean, these families lost their children".

"I'm saying that the problems we are facing here today can not be solved by gun laws alone", Rubio said, adding he supported legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun, ban bump stocks and change the background check system. "I'm confident that you will do the right thing".

In excerpts released from his speech, to be delivered Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump describes the proposal a "common-sense" measure. And over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, Trump heard from guests grappling with what to do in the wake of the tragedy. "They don't want their students to be killed or to be hurt". "King David Cemetery, that is where I go to see my kid now".

"Even though he had liberal tendencies, his Cabinet has been able to keep him in check and the Congress has been able to hold him to a standard as well as his base", said Kurt Schenher, a 21-year- old student at the University of CT.