"I never said 'give teachers guns' like was stated on Fake News CNN and NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving 'concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience — only the best," Trump said in a Twitter message.
The president was referring to comments he made on Wednesday during a White House listening session with victims and survivors of school shootings, including last week's attack in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.
On Gun Control
Trump vowed to push for legislation on comprehensive background checks for potential gun owners, as well as raise the age for purchasing guns and end the sale of bump stocks.
"I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks!" Trump said in a Twitter message. "Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue — I hope!"
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue — I hope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 22 февраля 2018 г.
On Tuesday, Trump said he signed a memo authorizing US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban bump stock devices. Bump stocks allow individuals to transform civilian semi-automatic firearms into military-style machine guns.
Nearly 300 shootings have occurred at US schools since 2013, an average of about one per week, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a US gun control advocacy group.
Last week's attack in Florida was the 18th incident involving guns at a US school so far this year, and the eighth to result in injuries or deaths, according to a running tally provided on the group's website.