Donald Trump: Those below 21 should not be given assault rifles

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The head of the most powerful gun lobby in the United States has accused Democrats and media of "exploiting" a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.

A "gun free" school is nothing but a "magnet" for mass shooters, President Donald Trump said Thursday, doubling down on a proposal to train and arm some teachers to keep USA schools safe.

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre hit back at what he called "the shameful politicization of tragedy", fighting a rearguard defense against street protests and mounting demands to tighten America's permissive gun laws.

The U.S. president met with survivors and families involved in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that took place on February 14 on Wednesday to hear their thoughts on what should happen as a result of the 17 lives lost in the tragedy.

The tension between student advocates, who have organized a march on Washington next month, and the NRA is having a ripple effect though Congress, as lawmakers who have received support from the NRA, including Republican Sens.

He brought up the concept during an emotional listening session at the White House this week, and gave it a full-throated endorsement while speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Also addressing the issue was Vice President Mike Pence, who vowed President Donald Trump will "make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority" when he meets with USA governors next week in Washington.

LaPierre's comments veered into warnings about socialism and the threat of the second amendment being taken away if Democrats ascend to power in the next election. "They hate individual freedom", he said. He asserted then that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun".

It later emerged there was an armed sheriff's deputy on campus during the Florida shooting, but he failed to act, and resigned after being suspended without pay.

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"People make judgments out on the street every day", Mr Bowdich said, adding that the bureau is still trying to determine exactly what went wrong.

"I want certain highly adept people people that understand weaponry, guns, if they really have that aptitude, because not everybody has an aptitude for a gun, I think a concealed permit for teachers and letting people know there are people in the building with a gun, you won't have, in my opinion, you won't have these shootings", he said.

A White House official told CNN that Trump spoke with-NRA executive director-Chris Cox.

He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a brief statement: "Not surprised the NRA reeled President Trump back in", he said. "I saw a great meme yesterday on Facebook, and it had Ronald Reagan surrounded by all of his guards, who all had guns, and he was still shot". "They love our Country and will do the right thing".

That would mean weapons for around 700,000 educators, a potentially massive business opportunity for gun manufacturers. "That's like, 'Here I am, take me'".

In the aftermath of a high school shooting that left 17 dead, the country has found itself once again balancing the scope of the Second Amendment with its desire to protect children in schools. The elites don't care, not one whit about America's school system.