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Trump Wants Armed Teachers: ‘All School Shootings Are In Gun Free Zones’

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump is touting his plan to push federal funding to programs which would arm and train teachers in schools, in a Monday tweet.

Providing funding for programs which arm teachers is central to a White House plan announced Sunday in response to a February school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Trump will also create a special commission on school safety headed by his secretary of education Betsy DeVos which will study raising the minimum age for buying guns to 21.

Trump has strongly endorsed arming teachers in schools since the Parkland shooting, at one point saying, “We have to harden our schools, not soften them up,” adding that gun free zones are like “going in for the ice cream” for potential school shooters.  “If you harden the sites you’re not going to have this problem… When you say this school is gun free… That’s what they want to hear.”

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