Trump says he advocates giving guns only to teachers with special training

But after social media backlash, the president explained his view further in a series of gun control tweets he shared Thursday morning.

In a signal of the fine political line that Trump is trying to walk between his political supporters on the right and the majority of Americans who favor tighter controls, the 71-year-old president promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners, as well as a push to improve mental health care.

"The NRA is ready to do things".

Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration will make school safety "our top national priority" after last week's attack on a high school in Parkland, Florida. I think it's insane. "I've spoken to them often in the last two days".

"Fuentes said Trump called the suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, a "sick puppy", and said "'oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, ' like seven times", the newspaper reported.

He says they will raise age limits in an apparent reference to the minimum-age for buying an assault-style weapon.

He then asked the group whether they agree or disagree with the proposal.

"We don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers". "So we'll be doing the background checks, we'll be doing a lot of different things, but we'll certainly be looking at ideas like that". "If you harden the sites you're not going to have this problem".

He also disparaged school shooting drills, saying they were tough on the kids. Instead he said he would like to see "true people with great talent at guns and being adept at guns" carrying weapons in the classroom. The crowd marched at the state Capitol complex in Tallahassee, with banners and posters and chanting slogans such as "Never again!" and "Shame on you!"

With armed adults in schools, he said, "All of a sudden, this disgusting plague will stop". "The solution is to ban these military weapons from people who shouldn't have them", Weingarten said.

"I happen to agree with you", Mr. Trump said.

"We, as a country, failed our children", he said.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms", he said, "they could very well end the attack very quickly". He even suggested a bonus for trained teachers who are armed. He said it would take too many security guards to protect a school campus.

"You don't have to have an army of teachers and administrators at a school". "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America's mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". He mentioned what he considered other possible factors in mass shootings: violence in video games and movies and the closing of mental institutions. "We may have to talk about that also".

On Twitter Thursday, Trump continued to discuss arming teachers and others at schools, though said that didn't mean giving guns to all teachers.

Officials have said that building will be torn down.

The president, however, didn't offer details of how he would push for any policy changes in the world's most developed country always been plagued by gun violence, with more than 300 million guns scattered nationwide.

  • Leroy Wright