After holding a listening session with victims of mass shootings at schools, President Donald Trump was criticized for suggesting the way to keep schools safer is to put guns in the hands of trained teachers.
Many people, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), have expressed a lack of support for the president's idea.
Eventually, the topic of arming teachers quickly became a focal point of the debate surrounding gun violence, resulting in the president denying that he said what he actually said.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we're going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it. But the good thing is you're going to have a lot of [armed] people with that," the president said.
Trump then went on to suggest that athletic director Chris Hixon, who was killed during the shooting while trying to help students, could have saved more lives if he'd been armed.
"He wouldn't have had to run, he would have shot, and that would have been the end of it."
He later went on to speak against gun-free zones around schools.
"A gun-free zone to a maniac, because they're all cowards, a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and attack,' " Trump said. "I really believe if these cowards knew that the school was well-guarded from the standpoint of pretty much having professionals with great training, I think they wouldn't go into the schools to start with, it would pretty much solve your problem."
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