Trump: We Need to Get Smart on Gun Free Zones

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them up."

President Donald Trump called gun free zones an inviting target for killers during a meeting with state and local officials.

"We have to harden our schools, not soften them up," Trump said. "We have to get smart on gun free zones. When they see it says, "This is a gun free zone," that means that nobody has a gun except them, nobody is going to be a shooting bullets in the other direction."

Much has been made about President Trump's proposal to arm teachers but the president says he doesn't want all teachers armed.

"You can't just give a teacher a gun," Trump said. "One of the fake news networks, CNN last night, was saying I want teachers to have guns. I don't want teachers to have guns, I want certain highly adept people that understand weaponry, guns."

Trump said not everyone has the aptitude for guns. He went on to point to teachers that might have a military background or previous training as being the kind of people that should be armed at schools and while he said he doesn't support arming all teachers, the president said if even a small percentage were armed it would help stop school shootings.

"These people are cowards," the president said of mass shooters. "They're not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns."

President Trump mused that perhaps teachers that were armed could be paid a bonus.

In addition to arming some teachers, President Trump has put forward a number of proposals to deal with these shootings in the wake of the Parkland, Florida massacre. The proposals include re-opening mental institutions, dealing with mental health issues, strengthening the background check system, banning bump stocks and even raising the minimum age for buying a firearm.

The president issued a series of tweets early Thursday morning laying out his position.