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    Donald Trump: I never said ‘give teachers guns’

    The President tweeted on Thursday: “I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC.
    “What I said was to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.
    “Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!”
    The President’s tweets come a day after he held a “listening session” following America’s latest mass shooting in Florida.
    Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, killing 17 people.
    Survivors of the massacre urged the President to bring in stricter gun control.
    Mr Trump said at the session on Wednesday: “If the coach had a firearm in his locker when he ran at this guy – the coach was very brave and saved a lot of lives I suspect – but if he had a firearm he wouldn’t have had to run, he would have shot and that would have been the end of it.”
    He added this “would only be obviously for people who are very adept at handling a firearm” and that they “would go for special training”.
    But on Thursday, despite saying “I never said ‘give teachers guns'”, he appeared to reinforce precisely that message, tweeting: “If a potential sicko shooter knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school.
    “Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”
    He added he would be “strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health”, and that he intended to have the age raised to 21 and end the sale of bump stocks.
    Students from the school, along with the parents of children killed in shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and Columbine High School, delivered powerful speeches at Wednesday’s session and pleaded for a change in laws controlling assault weapons.
    One parent who spoke at the emotional hour-long session was Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting. At one point, he yelled at Mr Trump: “Fix it!”
    Describing how he now has to visit his daughter in a cemetery, he said: “It’s not about gun laws right now. We need our children safe.”
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