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President Trump on Thursday privately met with families affected by the Texas mass shooting that killed 10 and wounded a dozen other at Santa Fe High School. One mother of a student killed in the massacre had a particularly stunning story about her exchange with the president. Per the Associated Press: “Rhonda Hart, [an Army vet] whose 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was killed at the school… suggested employing veterans as sentinels in schools. She said Trump responded, ‘And arm them?’ She replied, ‘No,’ but said Trump ‘kept mentioning’ arming classroom teachers. ‘It was like talking to a toddler,’ Hart said.” Another parent of a victim, however, described her exchange in glowing terms. Trump “met with us privately and showed sincerity, compassion, and concern on making our schools safer across the nation,” wrote Pamela Stanich, whose son Jared Black, 17, was killed in the attack. “Changes are coming for the good. Thank you Mr. Trump.”

It was like talking to a toddler

After 17 teachers and students were killed during a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Trump said he would work to improve school safety, but has not called for new gun control legislation. He created the commission to review ways to make schools safer.

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Trump briefly strayed from gun-rights dogma after the Parkland shooting, but quickly backpedaled. Abbott, a Republican and a staunch gun-rights supporter, has called for schools to have more armed personnel and said they should put greater focus on spotting student mental health problems. He’s proposed a few small restrictions on guns since the shooting.Investigators say student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, carried out the attack with a shotgun and pistol that belonged to his father. Classes at Santa Fe High School resumed Tuesday for the first time since the shooting.