Donald Trump vowed to press ahead with plans to arm school staff hours after a teacher opened fire in his classroom.
Speaking at a bipartisan meeting of Congress Wednesday, Trump said: ’98 per cent of all mass shootings since 1950 have taken place in gun-free zones.
‘If you had one person in that room who could fire a gun and knew how to use it it would not have happened or happened how it did.’
Trump earlier listed some of the most notorious shootings in modern American history, at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Parkland.
He then claimed all could have been avoided if teachers had been armed – but made no mention of Wednesday’s shooting at Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga.
It saw social studies teacher Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, barricade himself in his classroom before opening fire.
No-one was hurt, bar a female student who injured herself in the rush to leave the school as it was being evacuated.
Trump has called for teachers to be armed in the wake of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl.
He thinks that if schools were no longer ‘gun free zones’ shooters like Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 in Parkland, would be deterred from entering in the first place.
But critics have hit back at the plan, highlighting that many school shooters are suicidal and won’t be put-off by the threat of being killed anyway.