NRA CEO Gives First Speech Since Florida School Shooting

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I do not want our schools to accept the ridiculous idea that guns solve violence.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a policy statement on firearm-related injuries affecting children, which states that the "absence of guns from children's homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents".

He says the district needs the guardian program to keep students safe because Cooke County is so large (it's nearly 900 square miles and runs from just north of Dallas to the Oklahoma state line) it could take sheriff's deputies several minutes to respond to something like a shooting at the school. But he was incredulous about the notion of outlawing bump stocks and increasing the age requirement for buying a long gun.

Their statements echo those of national groups, including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, which addressed the issue in a joint statement just days after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

The deputy had been armed and standing outside the high school building where the shooting took place.

"I don't think guns are the problem, they're in fact the answer", the 20-year-old said.

"We have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it", Trump said during a meeting on the matter with state and local officials, and members of his administration. Evil walks among us, and God help us if we do not harden our schools and protect our kids. Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.

The president made clear Thursday that he believes additional security in schools is a key to halting America's mass-shooting scourge.

"Would I get the same training and would I have the same type of instinct of when and how to use it?" asked Bordeaux, her state's 2018 teacher of the year. They love this country.

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"You want a hardened school, and I want a hardened school, too".

"I feel protected. I don't feel like they're going to threaten me in any way", said one student at Callisburg High School who didn't want to give her name.

He predicted Trump would draw a warm reception on Friday when he returns to CPAC, despite the president's announcement of support for legislation that would expand background checks for gun purchases and ban devices that convert legal semi-automatic rifles into machine guns. Motivating gun owners to go to the polls - not campaign funding - is the source of the gun lobby's strength, according to Hammond.

"A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people".

While a moment of silence was held to honour the 17 people killed at a Florida high school, CPAC's attendees or speakers did not shy away from the issue. But she wonders whether she could pull the trigger on a student, even one who is armed. "Because my daughter, I'm not going to see again", said Pollack.

Right before LaPierre took the stage, NRA national spokeswoman Dana Loesch also spoke, striking a far angrier tone than she had in a CNN town hall Wednesday evening and even admitting the accusations she was about to make would be controversial.

Kelli Ward, a hardline conservative US Senate candidate from Arizona looking to fill the seat of retiring Senator Jeff Flake in November, said the national mourning over the Florida tragedy knows no political boundaries. Parents and educators overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff. Educators need to be focused on teaching our students. "We all have a hard task in front of us ... balancing our individual rights with our obvious need for public safety".

The company tweeted late Thursday: "All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members". The president said this idea is one that legislators should consider.

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