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Trump proposes package of policies, including arming school staff following mass shooting in Parkland

Parkland vigil AP

BY ANITA KUMAR AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ

The White House said Sunday the federal government will help provide “rigorous firearms training” for qualified volunteer school personnel as part of a package of policy changes he will proposal in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

President Donald Trump will call on states to pass measures allowing police to remove weapons or prevent gun sales for those who pose a threat. And Trump will ask Congress to pass the bills to increase the amount of records sent to the flawed National Instant Criminal Background Check System and to provide money to improve school security.

“There is no time to waste,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told reporters Sunday night. “No student. No family. No teacher and no school should have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook or Columbine again.” Story here. 

Photo: Attendees raise their candles at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Wilfredo Lee AP

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