At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, US President Donald Trump said that shooters are “inherently cowards” and his idea of arming teachers would serve as “a major deterrent.”


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US President Donald Trump has reiterated his support for arming teachers to make schools safer in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump said, “When we declare our schools to be gun free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger.”

“This would be a major deterrent because these people are inherently cowards,” Trump said, referring to shooters. “If [the Florida gunman] thought that other people would be shooting bullets back at him, he wouldn’t have gone there…A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he ever knew what happened.”

Trump said that despite his pledges to take some action on gun control from earlier in the week, he is still a firm supporter of the right to bear arms. “They will put judges in that you wouldn’t believe, they’ll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen, they’ll take away your Second Amendment,” he said, referring to Democrats.

At the beginning of his speech, Trump tossed aside his prepared remarks, telling the audience that the original speech was “wonderful, but a little boring.” During his address, he welcomed campaign chants like “lock her up,” which refers to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate he defeated over a year ago, from the audience.