Donald Trump will ban anyone under 21 from buying a gun

Donald Trump will ban anyone under 21 from buying a gun

The president also said he believed the powerful gun lobby would support a move to raise the age threshold for purchasing certain firearms to 21 from 18, as well as enhanced background checks for people seeking to buy guns.

The attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and educators were slain on February 14 by a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle in the second-deadliest shooting at a US public school, has revived the long-running USA debate over gun rights.

But students have vowed to make the Parkland tragedy a turning point, with youths inspired on social media by the activism of their peers staging walkouts from high schools in Florida and elsewhere on Wednesday and demonstrating in cities including Minneapolis, Chicago and Washington.

"I'm not here to tell all teachers that they have to carry a gun", said Hansen, the Utah teacher, who's from Salt Lake City.

One of the ideas President Trump put forward was to give guns to teachers.

Trump said "maniacs" would be deterred from even attempting a school shooting if they knew bullets could be coming in their direction.

President Trump continues to seemingly talk out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to the subject of arming teachers with guns in classrooms.

He added: "Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive".

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"If the coach had a firearm in his locker, when he ran at this guy - that coach was very courageous - saved a lot of lives, I suspect", Trump said in the listening session, a comment that seemed to reference Aaron Feis a teacher and coach who was killed protecting students last week.

"I don't want teachers to have guns".

"Shot nine times", he said.

"Legislative proposals that prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring rifles and shotguns effectively prohibits them for purchasing any firearm, thus depriving them of their constitutional right to self-protection", the group said in a statement. Student survivors from the shooting one week ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland rallied alongside hundreds of peers from other schools to demand change from lawmakers.

Students, staff and parents affected by Parkland, Sandy Hook and other massacres participated in a "listening session" broadcast live on American TV.

"I said this yesterday when we had a mental institution where you take a sicko like this guy - he was a sick guy, so many signs - and you bring him to a mental health institution, those institutions are largely closed because communities didn't want him", Trump said.

"If you can't stop it from happening. the challenge becomes: once it starts to end it as quickly as possible", Abt said. "And it would be - it's called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them". "And then after I listen, we're going to get things done".

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