Feds Will Help States Train Armed Teachers

Feds Will Help States Train Armed Teachers

WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday that the federal government will help provide "rigorous firearms training" for qualified volunteer school personnel as part of a package of policy changes he will propose after the February 14 mass shooting at Parklands Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"Arming teachers is an absolutely abhorrent response to school shootings - opposed by law enforcement, students, and educators alike", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, said in a statement.

But officials backed off President Donald Trump's call to raise the age limit on buying certain firearms.

"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", said DeVos, who will chair a federal commission on school safety. Invoking past mass school shootings, she continued, "No student, no family, no teacher and no school should have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook or Columbine again".

In the weeks since the massacre, Trump has held listening sessions with lawmakers, survivors of recent school shootings and the families of victims.

Trump had embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

"There's going to be a series of proposals", deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

At a political rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked the idea of commissions to solve the nation's drug epidemic. "I think it's something you have to think about".

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Trump will direct the Justice Department to provide assistance to states, only at their request, on establishing and implementing the orders, officials said.

Administration officials stressed the necessity of the new commission when asked why Trump said such committees were ineffective, saying there is "very cogent argument for having a commission".

Mr. Trump also suggested Australia and "some other countries" could get carve-outs because of their status as allies and their more beneficial trade relationship with the U.S. The package of measures is aimed at making schools safer after a string of deadly shootings, it said. The White House has not proposed offering states new funding for this training. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García last month said, "Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence". "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms".

On Wednesday, Florida legislators approved funding for a program to allow some teachers and school employees to be armed.

He said Mr. Cohn is leaving to make more money, but the president said he might come back to the administration in some capacity later.

The administration also is urging all states to pass risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, allowing law enforcement officers to remove firearms from individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others and to prevent them from purchasing new guns, Bremberg said.

He had vowed to address mental health issues after the shooting, but his administration's recommendations for reforms included no concrete details, other than reviewing health and education privacy laws.

Former pupil Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 of attempted murder.