Trump promotes arming teachers, but rejects active shooter drills

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"It only works where you have people very adept at using firearms", Trump said.

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"Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence".

The Republican ran off potential ideas for guarding schools, including bonuses for the between 10 percent and 40 percent of educators who he said could be granted concealed weapon permits.

"As the president has said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school", he said, adding that the president has called on Congress to strengthen background checks and asked the Justice Department to regulate devices like bump stocks used to change rifles into machine guns.

President Donald Trump is meeting with state and local officials from around the country to discuss school safety.

But as Trump hosted a listening session at the White House with survivors and family members of victims of school shootings, he floated the possibility of arming more teachers in schools.

Over in Maryland, Vice President Mike Pence echoed some of the administration's suggestions for reform and said school safety will be a top national priority in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The president said he wouldn't want to tell his son that he has to go through an active-shooter drill. So practically for free, you have now made the school into a hardened target.

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'I think it's insane, i think it's very bad for children'.

Besides the major USA teachers' unions, the proposal also drew criticism from Shannon Watts, the head of one of the leading gun control groups, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. "They'd go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone", Trump said.

"A ‘gun free school is a magnet for bad people".

Trump also said he was open to looking at age limits, among other measures, and lamented the closure of many mental institutions that helped assess violent people.

After tossing out Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett as today's buffer at the White House press briefing, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah - who was filling in today for Sarah Huckabee Sanders - was pressed by numerous reporters on the issue of gun legislation in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch told the crowd of several thousand people the gun lobby wanted to prevent people with mental illness that make them a danger to themselves and others from getting firearms, and that authorities needed to do a better job of following up on warning signs.

Speaking at a meeting with state lawmakers Thursday, Trump condemned the alerts meant to prepare children for a possible shooting.

The head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since the Parkland shooting, and criticized Democrats calling for more gun control laws.

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