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Donald Trump Argues He Never Said 'Give Teachers Guns' Before Pushing To Give Teachers Guns

PresidentDonald Trumpelaborated on his proposal to arm 20 percent of teaching staff at schools in a series of tweets Thursday.

Trump first made the proposal during alistening sessionwith students and parents affected by mass shootings, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where17 peoplewere killed last week.

Trump denied he ever suggested giving teachers guns, before arguing “only the best” teachers ― like ones with military experience ― should be given guns.

Since Trump first mentioned the idea Wednesday, some teachers have taken to Twitter topush back, arguing they don’t want the responsibility of keeping a gun in their classrooms. But Trump continued to push the idea Thursday morning.

Trump argued a “sicko shooter” wouldn’t try to stage an attack on a school known for having armed teachers.

Trump again said he’dpush for improvementsto the federal background check system. Earlier this week, the White House signaled support for the Fix NICS Act, a bill that seeks to address flaws in the national criminal background check database. The bill has the support of both gun control advocates and the National Rifle Association, but has yet to receive a vote in the Senate.


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.