ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 22, 2018
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(White House: Jonathan Karl) The reaction to President Trump's idea of arming teachers to stop school shootings in the wake of the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, examined. [TRUMP - says let the people know: come into schools & you will be dead.] [Yesterday, victim's father Andrew POLLACK - speaks out about his daughter being shot.] [Student Sam ZEIF - recounts losing his best friend & it is so easy to buy a gun.] [Yesterday, TRUMP - asks the group about arming teachers.] Trump's tweets about arming teachers updated. [Today, TRUMP - says you would not have these shootings: train teachers & pay them a bonus.] [In response to Karl's question, White House deputy press secretary Raj SHAH- says what is "practical" can change.] The NRA opposition to raise the legal age to buy a rifle noted. [TRUMP - backs a 21 age.] [NRA vice president Wayne LaPIERRE- calls for trained armed security.] Former President Obama's tweet about "waiting" for the students to come out discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(Parkland, Florida: Victor Oquendo) A report that Scott Peterson, an armed resource deputy at the high school did nothing, & the issue of guns & armed teachers examined. [Broward County Sheriff Scott ISRAEL- says the video showed the deputy not going into the building; states teachers should not be armed.] [AT town meeting, victim's father Fred GUTTENBERG - criticizes Senator Marco Rubio: the weapon is too easy to get.] What Rubio did say outlined on screen. [In response to student Cameron Kasky's question, RUBIO - says people buy into his agenda.] [Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa FALKOWSKI- says teachers don't have time to react.] [Salt Lake City teacher Kasey HANSEN- backs carrying a gun.] The position of teachers unions' on arming teachers discussed.