Amid lobbying in US to restrict gun sales; Donald Trump bats for arming teachers
As the Florida school shooting has sparked a debate on the issue of gun control, the students confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles.
However, in stark contrast, it was President Donald Trump who advocated that arming teachers could be contemplated as a way to stop more US rampages.
The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as fellow students staged classroom walkouts and rallies in cities across the country.
In an hour long meeting, President Donald Trump listened to the students who survived the Florida shooting and a parent whose child did not survive the horrific attack.
It was later that Trump advocated that arming teachers and other school staff could help prevent future mass shootings.
This is said to be the idea that has been pushed ahead by the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.
The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and educators were slain on Feb. 14 in the second-deadliest shooting at a US public school, has revived the long-running US debate over gun rights.
Investigators said the assault was carried out by 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, who purchased an AR-15 nearly a year ago. >