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FBI miss on Florida school killer is not acceptable, says Trump

Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to reiterate that he doesn't think all teachers should be armed, only those who are trained.

Trump added: "Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this".

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

The mass shooting, one of the worst in modern USA history, prompted more than 100 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to rally to the state capitol on Wednesday, to urge action from lawmakers as students across the state walked out of classes in protest.

Later this week, Trump will meet with local and state officials, and also plans to talk with governors about the issue.

During the White House event on Wednesday, Mr. Trump offered his ideas, including arming teachers and other school employees. "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that". "A non-starter in the Senate".

Trump spoke at the end of an emotional meeting at the White House, where students and relatives of the victims of last week's mass shooting gathered to describe their personal anguish and urged USA lawmakers to protect students from gun violence.

He heard wrenching first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives.

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"The NRA will back it and so will Congress", Trump contended as he called for raising the legal age of purchase for "all" guns from 18 to 21.

Trump has been proposing a growing list of ideas, including more stringent background checks for gun buyers, reopening some mental institutions to hold potential killers and banning "bump stock" devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic machine guns.

Under current federal law, licensed firearm dealers can not sell handguns to people under the age of 21 and can not sell long guns to people under 18, according to the Giffords Law Center, which tracks gun laws and advocates for more restrictions. The legal age for purchasing alcohol is 21.

His comments drew criticism from certain quarters who alleged that Trump was promoting gun culture in schools and it would be a massive financial burden on schools. "It seemed as though that was kind of a creative way to try to thread the needle and explain what the president meant when he said what he said". "They hate the NRA".

Student Sam Zeif told how he texted his mother and two brothers during the shooting to say he would not see them again, before realising his 13-year-old sibling was in the classroom above him, where teacher Scott Beigel died shielding students from bullets.

He also doubled down on the NRA's longstanding position that armed Americans were the first line of defense in confronting deadly attacks. It stops here with this administration and me.

Earlier, in a fired-up address, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch slammed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for missing a series of warning signs ahead of the Florida shooting, while asserting that the mainstream media benefited from such tragedies. He said he is hopeful for legislative action in the wake of the Florida shooting.

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