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It was the third time in as many days that Trump, who has vowed to take swift action following the latest gun massacre in a USA school, has championed the idea of transforming schools into heavily fortified zones where educators would secretly be carrying weapons to guard against attacks.

GONYEA: But from that point forward, LaPierre was on the attack.

"Arming teachers is inane and insane - a sure path to reckless and panicky shooting, gun theft, and other deadly dangers".

In the aftermath of a high school shooting that left 17 dead, the country has found itself once again balancing the scope of the Second Amendment with its desire to protect children in schools.

"I want certain highly adept people, people who understand weaponry, guns" to have "a concealed [carry] permit" that work in the school so they can take on school shooters.

"The NRA does care", he told the gathering at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The address assumed a dire tone at times, which is not unusual for LaPierre's speeches.

A former United States Marine and now teacher in Pennsylvania, Deb Ciamacca, said having guns in the classroom was a ridiculous idea. "Every day young children are being dropped off at schools that are virtually wide-open soft targets for any one bent on mass murder".

But Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers union, disagreed.

"They don't care about our schoolchildren", LaPierre said Thursday.

Discussing school safety with state and local officials on Thursday, he said: "Shooters won't walk into a school if 20% of people have guns". But "I don't want a country where we have to make schools hard targets". If we give an inch - they WILL try to take a mile.

Trump has publicly and privately floated actions that would be at odds with some positions of the NRA - a group that heavily backed him during his campaign for the presidency - including suggesting that the age for purchasing assault rifles be raised from 18 to 21.

"You guys love it", Dana Loesch said.

Trump also echoed some of LaPierre's language when it came to "hardening" schools and upping their security. Trump has emphasized the idea of arming some teachers as a way to deter future attacks, an idea that was criticized by some law enforcement officers and the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers lobby.

On the first day of CPAC, the NRA had an uninterrupted hour to offer its response to Parkland - and respond it did.

Two other deputies were placed on restricted duty during an investigation to determine if "they could have done more or should have done more" ahead of the shooting, Israel said.

LaPierre also said that the NRA had helped build the current background check system. "They hate individual freedom". Do mommy and daddy own a gun?

LaPierre made no mention of the student survivors of the Parkland shooting, who have sparked an unprecedented wave of youth-led gun-reform protests across the U.S. The NRA often prefers to stay out of the media spotlight in the wake of a major shooting.

In a pair of Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said he was clarifying news reports that said he wanted to arm teachers, a proposal that has been met with skepticism and rejection.

The NRA has a vast political war chest and a president who views it as a loyal ally.