Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security

But DeVos, who has met with students, teachers and families in the wake of the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., said little progress had been made protecting students over the past several years.

At that meeting, Trump embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

"We can't just keep setting up blue ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk", Trump told a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

During the meetings, Trump also advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder.

White House officials described the plan revealed on Sunday as a fulfilment of the president's call for action after Parkland, the Associated Press reports. Shah wouldn't say whether Trump will call for universal background checks on gun sales.

Officials announced that the administration will work with states on what they called "rigorous" firearms training for "specially qualified" school personnel on a voluntary basis, including leveraging Department of Justice assistance to give school personnel firearm training from state and local law enforcement agencies, the administration announced.

The administration also plans to support the transition of military veterans and retired law enforcement into new careers in education and will encourage state attorneys general to audit school districts for compliance with state emergency preparedness activities.

"Arming teachers is an absolutely abhorrent response to school shootings - opposed by law enforcement, students, and educators alike", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, said in a statement.

The White House also is expected to voice support for legislation that would authorize $50 million a year on school safety provisions, including training for teachers and students on ways to prevent violence. "Some will be legislative, some will be administrative and some will be recommendations for states as well as a task force to study this issue in more depth and make more additional policy recommendations".

President Donald Trump met with a lawyer who represented then-President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process and is talking with him about a role at the White House, The New York Times reported Saturday. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that would improve information in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

President Trump said Thursday that he will impose tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent on steel and aluminum imports, but reserves the "right to go up or down" in the future.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence.

He had vowed to address mental health issues after the shooting, but his administration's recommendations for reforms included no concrete details, other than reviewing health and education privacy laws.

"The President has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21 for purchasing certain firearms", Shah said.

Sessions submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed regulation on bump stocks. An administration official said the White House was endorsing those measures because they could both pass in short order, while a bigger background overhaul would have a tougher path in Congress.



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