The New York Daily News, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's hometown newspaper, on Friday continued its assault on the president's stance on gun violence in schools.
US President Donald Trump, defending his controversial proposal to arm some of America's teachers, said on Friday (Feb 23) that a teacher with a gun would have "shot the hell" out of the teenager who went on a shooting rampage last week at a Florida high school.
"We're going to do something about this terrible situation that's going on, and we're going to all figure it out together", Trump said during a listening session with school shooting survivors and parents at the White House Wednesday. He met with parents and students, law enforcement and victims from Parkland.
Trump's speech at CPAC came at the end of a week that included meetings with students and teachers and state and local officials on ways to bolster school safety and address gun violence.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, chairman of the National Governors Association, applauded Trump earlier this week for directing the Justice Department to craft regulations that would ban "bump stocks", devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatics to that of almost fully automatic weapons.
- On Tuesday, the president signed a memorandum recommending that Sessions propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, a weapon accessory that enabled the gunman in the Las Vegas concert massacre to turn semiautomatic weapons into virtual machine guns.
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Shares in gun stocks fell on the announcement by Scott, the Florida governor, that the state would require all gun purchasers to be at least 21 years old and invest $500 million in a school safety plan.
Isabela Barry, who survived last week's massacre by huddling in a closet with dozens of classmates, told CNN's The Lead Wednesday that she disagreed with the President.
"A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened", Trump said.
He added that designating schools as "gun-free zones" puts students in "far more danger". A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream.
Trump himself pitched into the debate on the Florida situation while refusing to back down on his arming teachers proposal, saying the deputy who failed to challenge the shooter was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure".
A bipartisan bill to change current law and give ATF the authority to ban the devices was filed in the House by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.
"It's called concealed carry". Heller applauded the president's action earlier this week. I am in favor of the background checks. Such devices were not used in the Florida shooting. Students and parents from the Washington area also were present. And, Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, announced he is introducing legislation to raise the age at which a person can buy certain kinds of rifles like AR-15s from 18 to 21.
Titus and Rosen said they intend to co-sponsor the bill. Authorities say he was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault-style rifle that he had purchased legally previous year.