Transcript for Trump insists that arming teachers is the 'only way' to stop school shootings
Next tonight, president trump doubling down on his plan to arm so much teachers, even as major teachers groups you have push back tonight. The president arguing that teachers will do the best job because they love the students more than the guards do. Here's ABC's Cecilia Vega tonight. Reporter: Despite resounding opposition from American teachers, today president trump said arming some educators is the only way to stop school shootings. If there are guns inside, held by the right people, by highly trained professionals, you're going to see this end. Reporter: And Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high did have an armed, highly trained professional on campus. Scot Peterson a 33-year veteran sheriff's deputy. But in the face of gunfire, he remained in the parking lot. We pressed the president today. The parkland sheriff was armed and didn't go in. Does that give you any pause? Deputy sheriff Peterson, I guess his name is. He certainly did a poor job. But that's the case where somebody was outside, they're trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward. But would a teacher be any different? Would an armed teacher be any different? Reporter: No answer. And soon he left heading to the conservative political action conference. There, among his most loyal supporters, the president freewheeling and off script so much so, he joked about his hair. What a nice picture that is. Look at that. I would love to watch that guy speak. Oh, boy. Oh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. I work hard at it. Reporter: He also reminisced about his election win over Hillary Clinton. The crowd breaking into that familiar chant. Reporter: And amid the nation's emotional debate over gun control, he threw this red meat to his base. They'll take away your second amendment, which we will never allow to happen. They'll take away your second amendment. Reporter: The president then explaining why he thinks arming potentially hundreds of thousands of specially-trained educators might be the best solution to end school shootings. I would rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that doesn't know anybody and doesn't know the students, and and the teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened. Reporter: And later, he went even further on why teachers, not school security guards or police officers, would be the ones to step up in the face of evil. A security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children. The teachers love their children. They love their pupils. They love their students. They are doing it also from love. And Cecilia Vega with us live tonight from the white house. Cecilia, the president indicated at one point, he supports rauzira raising the age for buying assault rifles from 18 to 21. He didn't talk about this today. Reporter: He mentioned background checks and banning bump stocks. Not one mention of rauzing the age limits. They say raising the age limit for long-gun purposes is unacceptable. Cecilia, our thanks to you as
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