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Trump: Armed Teachers Must Go on the ‘Offensive’ Against School Shooters

President Trump attempted to dismiss “fake news” reports that he wants to arm U.S. teachers to fight back against school shooters this morning—but then immediately went on to double-down on his claims that a well-armed team of teachers would deter school shooters. On Wednesday, Trump met survivors of the Florida shooting where 17 people died and floated the idea of giving teachers guns. However, in a series of tweets Thursday morning, he claimed it was wrong to report that he wanted to “give teachers guns,” saying he only suggested the possibility of giving concealed guns to “gun adept teachers with military or special training experience.” The president said such a plan would act as a deterrent to would-be shooters and allow teachers to fire back immediately if a student opened fire. “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people,” he said. He argued that going on the attack was the solution. “Cowards won’t go there… problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”

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