Joined by Vice-President Mr Mike Pence and Education Secretary Ms Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump received survivors of the 14 February massacre in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a televised event at the White House.
One of the ideas he floated was putting armed teachers in the classrooms to prevent such horrible tragedies from ever taking place again.
When asked by the students what he as POTUS proposed to do, he said: "We'll be very strong on background checks, very strong emphasis on the mental health of somebody."
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families. So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!<br><br>Full Listening Session: <a href="https://t.co/x5VenyQX5p">https://t.co/x5VenyQX5p</a> <a href="https://t.co/CAPfX5odIp">pic.twitter.com/CAPfX5odIp</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/966487844662456320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"It's not going to be talk like it's been in the past."
Endorsing a proposal long requested by the National Rifle Association (NRA), a position the opposition Democrats will certainly criticize him for in the coming days, President Trump floated the idea of looking "very strongly" at their idea of teachers to be armed with guns.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms."
“They could very well end the attack very quickly."
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Though he acknowledged that the idea was controversial, President Trump continued by saying that: "where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them, they would go for special training and they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.”
"A gun-free zone, to a maniac, because they are all cowards, a gun-free zone is, 'let's go in and let's attack.'"
So far, some ten US states have regulations allowing concealed handguns to be carried on school premises. Florida, where the shooting took place, is not one of them.