>> Giving teachers guns. President Donald Trump, on Thursday, doubled down on his suggestion that arming a segment of American teachers could help prevent mass shootings at the nation's schools.>> We need to let people know you come in to our schools, you're gonna be dead.>> Trump made the remarks at a meeting about school safety, a week after a former student murdered 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida with a high powered rifle.
>> Never again!>> The killings sparked demands from gun control advocates and students who survived the massacre to ban the sort of military style weapons with high capacity magazines used in the attack. The White House has promised action. And Trump, so far, has suggested improving background checks on gun buyers, raising the legal age for gun purchases to 21, and banning devices that increase rifles' rates of fire.
But the call to arm teachers comes from the opposite side of the argument. It's advocated by the National Rifle Association.>> Schools must be the most hardened targets in this country.>> Reuter's Political Editor Karen Bowhand.>> By talking about the issue of arming teachers, it signals that the President is aligned with the NRA in certain ways.
And it really does take away some of the momentum, and some of the focus on restricting guns. We've been talking to teachers groups today, we've also been talking to a group that represents law enforcement officials who work in schools. And they are not crazy about this idea. And so what they would like to see is more restrictions on guns, not a call for more guns in schools.
>> Nevertheless, Trump suggested some teachers undergo special, rigorous training to receive permits for concealed weapons.>> And what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus. So practically for free, you have now made the school into a hardened target.