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Congress' Republican leaders silent so far on Trump's gun proposals

US-SPEAKER-PAUL-RYAN-AND-HOUSE-LEADERSHIP-ADDRESS-THE-PRESS-AFTE Paul Ryan Speaker of the House Paul Ryan answers questions during a press conference at the US Capitol | AFP
Patty Aguilar | 25 February, 2018, 18:08

With schools like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, which had more than 3,000 students, the idea of one or even a half-dozen armed personnel being able to quickly find and neutralize an active shooter in the ensuing chaos seems ludicrous.

These people fear the President will be ensnared by emotional cable news appearances and arguments from gun control advocates into going too far - all at the risk of antagonizing his pro-gun base.

Trump had earlier proposed raising from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy more guns than at present - like the assault-style rifle used by 19-year-old Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz - and making it more hard for the mentally ill to own firearms.

The White House has yet to release a complete plan to address school violence, including who would bear the financial cost, though Trump said during a telephone interview late Saturday with Fox News Channel that a proposal would be put forward "very soon".

"I'm just a teacher who wants to protect her students. We're all going to figure it out together", he said. How are we going to pay for the training and tools necessary for me to transform into this teacher-superhero-soldier? He added that recent mass shootings show that "so long as these high powered weapons of war remain available for purchase these killings will continue". What I said was to look at the possibility of giving "concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best". Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive.

"20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions", Trump tweeted.

Trump is telling attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference that if Democrats win they will repeal new tax cuts and take away their constitutional right to bear arms. "A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that's like going in for the ice cream". The bill passed narrowly because all except six House Democrats opposed the measure it was paired with, a bill to loosen gun restrictions to allow those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states.

She said both Trump and Dana Loesch, the spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, should get detention for "name calling" people with mental health issues.

The president said unless a school has "offensive capability, you're wasting your time, you're wasting your time". "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that". "It was a real shot to the police department".

But Darrell Scott, the father of Columbine High School victim Rachel Scott, said he felt the president had been moved by the group's words.

High school students Mia Arrington, center, 18, of West End, and Cheyenne Springette, right, 17, of Mt. Oliver, lead chants as they march down Liberty Avenue during a walk-out in solidarity with other high schools across the country to show support for Parkland, Fla, students on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in downtown Pittsburgh. It would raise the age requirements for all rifles. "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am saying that you love the ratings".

"We're over 20 minutes from any police force being able to respond to an event, so with that in mind is one of the reasons why we made a decision to move forward", Ryan Bruns, the Northwestern Area School District superintendent told CNN affiliate KPRY. We need solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators.

The President said Thursday afternoon that he wasn't looking to engage in a political fight with the NRA.

One Twitter user identified as a school counselor in San Francisco tweeted she needs lower ratios of counselors to students and better connections to therapists for "my anxious, suicidal & lost kids".

Weigend added that, even in the cases often cited as examples of "good guys with guns" stopping bad guys, there were still casualties.

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