Trump Says He Would Have Rushed in Unarmed to Stop School Shooting

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President Trump criticized a armed sheriff’s emissary who unsuccessful to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a mass sharpened there on Feb. 14.Published OnFeb. 26, 2018CreditImage by Tom Brenner/The New York Times

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Feb. 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted Monday that he would have rushed in to save a students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from a gunman with an attack weapon, even if he was unarmed during a time of a massacre.

Speaking to a assembly of a country’s governors during a White House, Mr. Trump conceded that “you don’t know until we exam it.” But he pronounced he believed he would have exhibited aplomb “even if we didn’t have a weapon, and we consider many of a people in this room would have finished that, too.”

The president’s remarks came during an hourlong televised review with a governors in a State Dining Room, during that Mr. Trump continued to fastener publicly with how best to respond to a mass sharpened in Parkland, Fla., deliberating such things as defending teachers and reopening mental institutions.

As Mr. Trump skipped from one probable resolution to another, he mused about a “old days,” when intensity criminals could be sealed in mental hospitals; he clashed with Washington State’s Democratic administrator about a advantages of giving guns to some teachers; and he vowed to anathema “bump stocks,” an appendage that can make a semiautomatic arms glow rapidly, some-more like an involuntary rifle.

The boss forsaken any discuss of lifting a age compulsory to squeeze a purloin to 21 from 18, something he said final week he supported. Mr. Trump pronounced he had lunch on Sunday with a leaders of a National Rifle Association, that energetically opposes lifting a age extent for rifles.

But a boss continued his dayslong verbal assault on Florida sheriff’s deputies, job their reported disaster to respond to a Parkland propagandize massacre, that killed 17 staff members and students, “disgusting” and “a disgrace.” He pronounced a deputies “weren’t accurately Medal of Honor winners, all right.”

A counsel for Deputy Scot Peterson of a Broward County Sheriff’s Office pronounced Monday in a matter that Mr. Peterson did not run into a propagandize when a sharpened began since he suspicion a shots were entrance from a outside. Mr. Peterson retired Thursday after Sheriff Scott Israel branded him “a coward” for unwell to run into a building to try to save students.

Mr. Trump echoed that sentiment, observant that a opening of Mr. Peterson and 3 other deputies whose actions have been questioned “was, frankly, disgusting.”

Later, he combined that “the approach they achieved was unequivocally a disgrace.”

As lawmakers returned to Washington after a weeklong break, a boss used a White House forum on Monday to insist that politicians do something fast to safeguard that shootings like a one in Florida will never occur again.

Mr. Trump pronounced again that he supports a bill to strengthen a complement of credentials checks finished during some gun purchases. That legislation is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a No. 2 Republican in a Senate who pronounced on Monday that he would pierce brazen with his background-check check as early as this week.

But a dual tip Republicans in Congress — Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, a infancy personality — have mostly been wordless on a broader discuss about probable changes to gun laws after a Florida shooting.

And a politics of guns for Republicans continue to be difficult. Georgia’s major governor, Casey Cagle, a regressive Republican, pronounced on Monday that he would retard any taxation mangle for his state’s largest employer, Delta Air Lines, if a organisation does not return discounts for N.R.A. members that it dangling after a shooting.

But Mr. Trump attempted to take a lead.

“We have to have action. We don’t have any action,” Mr. Trump complained. “A week goes by, ‘Let’s keep talking.’ Another week goes by, we keep talking. Two months go by — all of a sudden, everybody is off to a subsequent subject. Then, when it happens again, everybody is indignant and, ‘Let’s start articulate again.’ We got to stop.”

Mr. Trump pronounced that was his summary during his lunch on Sunday with Wayne LaPierre, a conduct of a N.R.A., and Chris W. Cox, a group’s tip lobbyist. He called a span “great patriots” and “great people” who wish to “do something” fast to forestall some-more propagandize shootings.

“Don’t worry about a N.R.A. They’re on a side,” a boss told a governors. “You guys — half of we are so fearful of a N.R.A. There’s zero to be fearful of. And we know what? If they’re not with you, we have to quarrel them each once in a while. That’s O.K.”

But even as he chided his predecessors in Washington for their delays and inaction, Mr. Trump’s possess elite solutions remained fugitive Monday as he continued what administration officials described as a “listening” proviso of a response.

“We’re still listening and creation and final a best stairs forward,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House press secretary, told reporters after a president’s event with a governors on Monday morning.

Mr. Trump lamented a duration in story when he pronounced mentally inconstant people who had not nonetheless committed a crime could be committed to a mental sanatorium if it were transparent they were behaving like a “boiler prepared to explode.”

“You could seize somebody like this,” Mr. Trump pronounced of a Florida sharpened suspect, Nikolas Cruz, citing a scores of warning signs that Mr. Cruz was troubled. “You can’t detain him, we guess, since he hasn’t finished anything.”

But he pronounced too many of a governors in a room had sealed a mental hospitals that competence have been a resolution to that problem, mostly since of how costly they were.

“We have no halfway. We have zero between a jail and withdrawal him during his house, that we can’t do anymore,” Mr. Trump told a governors. “So we consider we folks have to start meditative about that.”

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State seemed to provoke Mr. Trump during a irritable sell about a president’s offer to strengthen students by permitting lerned teachers to lift secluded weapons in schools.

“It would only be a really tiny organisation of people that are really gun adept,” Mr. Trump told a governor.

Mr. Inslee responded that giving guns to any series of teachers, coaches or administrators in a schools would be wrong, and he urged a boss to desert a idea.

“I’ve listened to a first-grade teachers that don’t wish to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers,” Mr. Inslee pronounced as a boss frowned and folded his arms opposite his chest. “I only advise we need a small reduction tweeting here and a small some-more listening. And let’s only take that off a list and pierce forward.”

Mr. Trump did not acknowledge a critique and changed fast to remarks from Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, a Republican.

In a apart assembly with a spouses of a governors, a initial lady, Melania Trump, gave brief remarks that also overwhelmed on a sharpened during a Florida high school. She praised a students from a propagandize who have been perfectionist movement from politicians.

“I have been heartened to see children opposite this nation regulating their voices to pronounce out and try to emanate change,” Mrs. Trump said. “They’re a destiny and they merit a voice.”

Ms. Sanders pronounced after that a boss also upheld a students who had been protesting, even yet he opposes a anathema on attack weapons that many of them have been job for.

“That’s a reason because he had a series of them here during a White House only final week,” Ms. Sanders said. “It is one that is really critical and should be listened to. We wish to continue that discourse as good as continue a conversations with state, internal and sovereign officials.”

The governors came divided tender by Mr. Trump’s solve to residence a issue, according to Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a Republican and authority of a National Governors Association.

Noting that he leads a state that final year endured a deadliest mass sharpened in American history, Mr. Sandoval combined that a governors common a urgency. “There’s a accord that something needs to be done.”

But there was no accord about Mr. Trump’s thought of defending lerned teachers or other propagandize personnel. “I have 3 kids,” pronounced Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, a Democrat and a clamp authority of a association. “I don’t wish my teachers armed. we don’t consider many Americans do.”

Reporting was contributed by Eileen Sullivan, Peter Baker and Katie Rogers from Washington, and Patricia Mazzei from Miami.

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