Trump says he would have confronted Parkland shooter even without a gun

Florida officials revealed after the shooting that an armed officer assigned to the school had stood outside the building during the shooting and not intervened.

An attorney for Peterson yesterday denied that his client had acted unprofessionally and cowardly during the shooting, according to the Associated Press.

Trump said the actions of Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who remained outside a building during the February 14 shooting at the high school as "frankly, disgusting" and that the deputy "choked".

Trump took turns praising and expressing a willingness to "fight" the powerful gun lobby and said he had pressed the NRA's leaders during lunch over the weekend to back reforms to USA gun laws.

"Don't worry about the NRA - they're on our side", he said.

The President's comments come amid unusual momentum on the issue of gun control. "You guys - half of you are so afraid of the NRA".

He went on to claim he would have confronted the shooter unarmed.

The president pointed to a number of ideas that he has floated since the shooting, including improving background checks for gun purchases, arming teachers and re-opening mental institutions.

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"Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. I'm writing that out myself", Trump said.

On February 24, Trump tweeted that "a$3 rmed educators" would be a "big & very low-priced deterrent, "adding that the teacher would have to be "firearms adept & have annual training" for which they would get a yearly bonus". Should get yearly bonus. And when it happens again, everybody is angry and let's start talking again. "We don't want sick people having the right to have a gun".

Governors, most notably Florida Gov. Rick Scott, aren't waiting around for Washington.

"And I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too, because I know most of you".

The president vowed that guns would be addressed after the latest deadly school gun massacre.

"You're going to see some numbers coming up over the next year, the likes of which we haven't seen in our country for many, many years", Trump said.

And that, to him, means using his executive powers to do something even if Congress is unable to find consensus.

At Monday's meeting with governors, Trump reiterated his commitment to get rid of bump stocks, with or without congressional help. "There are several Republican senators, who voted against it in 2013, who have told me they're reconsidering", Mr. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, said on MSNBC.

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