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Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was among the 17 killed in the Valentine's Day attack in Parkland - the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school - vented his anger.

Not mentioned by the President on Thursday morning was anything about background checks on private gun sales - sometimes referred to as the "gun show loophole" - which Democrats say should be addressed in any effort to deal with gun violence.

The president, a strong supporter of gun rights, is publicly weighing some gun control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Florida last week that left 17 dead.

After hearing heartfelt and emotional testimonies to increase school safety Wednesday (Feb. 21) Donald Trump suggested the best way to thwart future school shootings is to arm teachers with guns.

"A gun-free zone, to a maniac - because they are all cowards - a gun-free zone is 'Let's go in and let's attack", Trump said. "This individual was nuts", she said of the suspected school shooter.

At Wednesday's meeting, Trump said, "If you had a teacher. who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly".

Students, staff and parents affected by Parkland, Sandy Hook and other massacres participated in a "listening session" broadcast live on American TV.

He said he wants to do more to "harden" schools instead of softening them and suggested that a "gun free zone" for someone who wants to be a killer is "like going in for the ice cream".

"I implore you - consider your own children".

"My lovely daughter, I'm never going to see again", Pollack added, flanked by his two sons. "I'm sitting with a mother that lost her son", he said through tears.

Pollack called for increased security at schools, noting that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks triggered immediate enhanced protections for airliners, while a succession of school shootings have left schools vulnerable. In a series of Twitter messages, he said he would arm teachers who have "military or special training experience".

"These are not weapons of defense, these are weapons of war", said Zeif, 18, who wept intermittently during the session.

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow was among the victims, told Trump that it was far too easy for people such as Cruz to acquire weapons.

"I was very proud of them", Beyer said. He urged the president to prevent such an event from happening again.

Gruber's father, Cary, endorsed higher age limits on firearms.

Trump faced heavy criticism last week when he posed for smiling photos after meeting with victims and first responders from last week's shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. "I feel like we won't get anything done if we just continue to pile on the amounts of firearms".

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