Donald Trump: I never said 'give teachers guns'

However, Trump conceded that concealed carry - carrying a concealed firearm in public - "only works" with people who are "very adept at using firearms".

"Nobody wants to see a shootout in a school", Barden said, positing that if a "deranged sociopath" wants to commit an attack - often with the intention of committing suicide anyway - "he's not going to care if there's somebody there with a gun". I want to feel safe at school. His 18-year-old daughter Meadow and 16 other students and faculty members were killed during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

Trump spoke at length during the televised White House "listening session," attended by students, parents and people affected by other USA school shootings, about how armed teachers and security guards could frighten off potential shooters and prevent more deaths. "Gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and let's attack because bullets aren't coming back at us'".

The decision, made on Tuesday, Feb. 20, came after his administration came under scrutiny for a lack of response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 14, that left 17 people dead. "It would be teachers and coaches". He further drove home that he opposes existing laws allowing individuals under the age of 21 to purchase assault rifles.

The president says he'd prefer what he called a "hardened school" over active-shooter drills.

Fred Abt, father of Parkland shooting survivor Carson Abt, said he had discussed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that rather than waiting for first responders to arrive, it would be more efficient to have firearms locked on school campuses.

Mr Trump was hosting a group of gun violence survivors at a "listening session" in the White House, as a student-led movement on gun control gains momentum.

On Tuesday, Trump announced he had directed the Justice Department to draft regulations banning "bump stock" devices, which the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre a year ago attached to his semiautomatic firearms to accelerate his rate of gunfire and mimic that of an automatic weapon.

"Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!" he tweeted earlier Thursday. He also said he would consider raising the age for buying certain types of guns, reported The Associated Press. Now, what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus.

According to Sink, Trump floated the idea of giving teachers "a little bit of a bonus" for carrying guns with them during a meeting with school safety officials.

  • Steve Townsend