Donald Trump: Armed teachers 'GREAT DETERRENT!'

Donald Trump: Armed teachers 'GREAT DETERRENT!'

Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more USA rampages.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with students and parents affected by school shootings in the United States.

Donald Trump held a listening session at the White House with the Parkland shooting survivors and others impacted by gun violence, but it was a photograph that caught the attention of many.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly", he said.

Speaking at a meeting with survivors of mass shootings yesterday, the USA president suggested that around a fifth of teachers could receive special training and carry concealed weapons. "A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, 'Let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us'".

In addition to suggesting ending gun-free school zones, Trump proposed opening more hospitals for the mentally ill and toughening background checks.

Trump had earlier said that arming teachers could prevent gun-attacks like the one which took place in Florida recently, killing at least 17 people. In a meeting with survivors of Florida school shooting, he also promised a strong background checks on gun owners.

While Trump's controversial proposal is still up for discussion, the USA president noted that such a practice has a high success rate on airplanes.

"I implore you - consider your own children".

If Trump demands that measure be tacked on to the other gun reforms he supports, that could become whats known as a "poison pill" that sinks passage of new gun laws.

Andrew Pollack who lost his 18-year-old daughter in the shooting gave a powerful speech. But his most concrete suggestion was putting guns in the hands of teachers, and that was a worrying one.

"Thank you for pouring out your hearts because the world is watching and we're going to come up with a solution", he said after the meeting.

While economics, defence ties and China relations are expected to be hot topics of discussion between the two leaders, gun control will also likely be on the table, as student protestors today filled the streets outside the White House, in the wake of the Florida High School massacre.

No, these Florida school shooting survivors are not paid actors.

Last October, a retired real estate investor used multiple assault rifles equipped with bump stocks to kill 58 people at a Las Vegas outdoor concert, the deadliest attack by a single gunman in U.S. history.

Eighteen-year-old Samuel Zief, who says he lost his best friend in the shooting, sobbed as he said he was there to "use my voice because I know he can't".

However, there were many who thought Trump's idea of arming teachers is only making the situation worse. Earlier this week, the president said he signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enact a plan to end the sale of so-called bump stocks, like the one used by the shooter in Las Vegas.