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after parkland

Trump announces support for stricter gun laws

President Trump announced Thursday his support for stricter gun laws after last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and teachers dead. Trump said he would push for "comprehensive background checks with an emphasis on mental health," as well as support raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms to 21 and ending bump stock sales.

"Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue," he added.

Earlier in the morning, Trump reiterated his controversial plan to arm "only the best" teachers, claiming "if a potential 'sicko shooter' knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school."