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Trump doubles down on arming some teachers to prevent school shootings: President Trump offered a full-throated defense Thursday for his proposal to arm some teachers and staff in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida, despite opposition from law enforcement groups and teachers’ unions who warn that more guns in schools would only make them more dangerous.

One day after an emotional session with survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Trump praised the National Rifle Association and insisted in a series of tweets that “highly trained” teachers and coaches should be allowed to carry weapons at schools.

At a meeting later Thursday with law enforcement and school officials from around the country, Trump suggested staff who are trained and carry a weapon could even get “a little bit of a bonus” for making their schools safer.

The NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, speaking at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference immediately endorsed Trump’s call to “harden our schools” but did not specify that the teachers themselves should have guns. Through its National School Shield program, the NRA has long proposed schools have more security personnel and police officers to protect them from violence.

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Trump doubles down on arming some teachers to prevent school shootings: President Trump offered a full-throated defense Thursday for his proposal to arm some teachers and staff in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida, despite opposition from law enforcement groups and teachers’ unions who warn that more guns in schools would only make them more dangerous. One day after an emotional session with survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Trump praised the National Rifle Association and insisted in a series of tweets that “highly trained” teachers and coaches should be allowed to carry weapons at schools.At a meeting later Thursday with law enforcement and school officials from around the country, Trump suggested staff who are trained and carry a weapon could even get “a little bit of a bonus” for making their schools safer.