President Trump vented anger at the armed deputy at the Florida high school who did not enter the building during last week’s shooting, calling him a “coward” before adding that an armed teacher would have “shot the hell out of” the gunman who killed 17 people.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump blasted Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed officer who resigned after reports that he waited outside the school as the alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz, began shooting teachers and former classmates.
“He didn’t turn out to be too good, I will tell you that,” Trump said of Peterson who once served in the military. “He turned out to not be good.”
Earlier in the day, Trump said that Peterson was either a “coward” or that he froze under pressure.
Interesting to hear Trump argue for arming teachers but then criticize the FL school resource officer: "He certainly did a poor job… somebody was outside, they are trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/5iVCIgTFBW
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At CPAC, Trump defended his proposal to arm some school officials, arguing that school officials “want to protect these kids.”
“The teachers and the coaches and other people in the building, the dean, the assistant principal, the principal, they love their people, they want to protect these kids,” Trump said.
“A teacher would have shot the hell out of him,” he added.
“This would be a major deterrent, because these people are inherently cowards,” Trump said. “If they thought like if this guy thought that other people would be shooting bullets back at him, he wouldn’t have gone to that school. He wouldn’t have gone there. It is a gun free zone.”
Trump said he is calling for only 10 or 20 percent of teachers and school officials to be armed and said that the firearms should only be given to “very adept gun people.”
“I don’t want to have 100 guards standing with rifles all over the school,” he said. “You do a conceal carry permit.”
Touting his proposal to arm some school staff, President Trump claims that an armed teacher "would have shot the hell out" of the Parkland school shooter https://t.co/K3rEyFsN7e https://t.co/CcecbUlSfl
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