Trump Meets School Shooting Survivors Demanding Gun Control, Suggests Arming Teachers

| February 22 , 2018 , 09:42 IST

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday met with survivors of the Florida school shooting at the White House, and suggested to arm teachers to tackle the issue of school shootings.

The Florida school shooting on February 14 that led to the death of 17 people, 14 students and 3 teachers, resulted in a series of protests that reached the White House, demanding strict gun control.

Listening to first-hand accounts from survivors of the Florida school shooting and the parents of the victims, Trump also promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners.

"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," Trump said.

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"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly," Trump said, suggesting that 20 percent of teachers at a given school could be trained to carry concealed weapons.

"This would only be obviously for people who are very adept at handling a gun," Trump added.

Apart from survivors of the Florida shooting and parents of victims, parents of victims of other school shootings such as the Columbine and Sandy Hook also attended the meeting with Trump.

The shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut in 2012 which led to the death of 20 students and 6 teachers had triggered urgent calls for action on the gun control policies, however, no action was taken and the frequency of school shooting has increased further. The Florida shooting marked the 19th incident of shooting in a school in the year 2018 itself.

Students, however, have vowed to make the Florida shooting a turning point and have reached out on social media to increase activism across state lines, with other students staging walkouts from high schools across the US.

On March 24, students are planning a protest march in Washington, with similar sister rallies planned across the country.