(CNSNews.com) - During a discussion with students, teachers, and parents affected by gun violence in schools, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he was open to the idea of raising the minimum age for certain gun purchases and allowing certain teachers to carry concealed weapons.
“In addition to what we’re going to do about background checks, we’re going to go very strongly to age - that’s age of purchase,” the president said.
Earlier in the discussion, Trump piggybacked off of the idea of one participant who suggested arming teachers. He also suggested that if Assistant Football Coach Aaron Feis, who died while shielding his students from the gunman, had a gun, he would have ended the shooting massacre.
“Your concept and your idea about-- it’s called concealed carry, and it only works where you have people very adept at having firearms - of which you have many - and it would be teachers and coaches,” said the president.
“If the coach had a firearm in his locker when he ran at this guy - that coach was very brave, saved a lot of lives I suspect - but if he had a firearm, he wouldn’t have had to run. He would have shot, and that would have been the end of it,” Trump said.
Concealed carry permits for teachers would be for “people that are very adept at handling a gun,” the president said.
“They’d go for special training, and they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone. Gun-free zone to a maniac - because they’re all cowards - a gun-free zone is let’s go in, and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us, and if you do this - and a lot of people are talking about it, and it’s certainly a point that we’ll discuss, but concealed carry for teachers and people of that type of talent,” he said.
Concealed carry for certain teachers would also be instrumental, he said, because it takes police to five to eight minutes to respond to a shooting, but the attack usually lasts an average of three minutes.
“If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that - and we’re going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are gonna like it, but the good thing is that you’ll have a lot of people with that,” Trump said.
“You know, you can’t have 100 security guards in Stoneman Douglas. That’s a big school. That’s a massive school with a lot of acreage to cover, a lot of floor area, so that would be certainly a situation that is being discussed a lot by a lot of people,” he said.
“You’d have a lot of people that’d be armed. They’d be ready. They’re professionals. They may be Marines that left the Marines, left the Army, left the Air Force, and they’re very adept at doing that,” the president said, adding that “you’d have a lot of them, and they’d be spread evenly throughout the school.
“So the other thing I really believe is if these cowards knew that the school was well guarded from the standpoint of having pretty much professionals with great training, I think they wouldn’t go into the school to start off with. I think it could very well solve your problem. So we’ll be doing the background checks. We’ll be doing a lot of different things, but we’ll certainly be looking at things like that,” Trump said.
The president also raised the idea of looking into the role of mental institutions.
“We’re also going to look at the institutions. We’re going to look at what you do when you find somebody like this, because again, right now we’re not equipped like we were many years ago, so we’re gonna look at that whole aspect of what’s going on,” he said.