In a the wake of the Parkland shooting which killed 17 students and teachers of Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School, President Donald Trump unveiled a new safety plan that includes paying to arm and train teachers.
Not included in Trump’s plan is the heavily favored policy to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21 nor the inclusion of more comprehensive, universal backgrounds checks. Both positions were advocated by Trump in the past.
Officials with Trump’s administration officials described the plan as “meaningful” steps toward protecting students from future shooting, reported TIME.
“Today we are announcing meaningful actions, steps that can be taken right away to help protect students,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during a conversation with reporters on Sunday.
DeVos said that “far too often, the focus” after a tragedy “has been only on the most contentious fights, the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners.”
White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide “rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel,” said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president’s Domestic Policy Council.
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