President Donald Trump said on Monday he would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 'even if I didn't have a weapon.'

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Trump says he would have confronted Parkland shooter even without a gun

People weren't convinced.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Feb 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:35 pm CDT

President Donald Trump said he would have gone into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the school shooting earlier this month even if he didn’t have a gun.

Trump made the remarks while speaking with governors on Monday as reports continue to come out that an armed deputy on duty at the school did not enter the building during the attack.

The president called the lack of action “disgusting” before pivoting toward guessing how he would have acted if he were there.

“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” he told the 39 governors in attendance.

The president also said officers in Parkland, Florida “weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners.”

During his speech, Trump also said that he would act on so-called “bump stocks,” which he said last week that he instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ban.

“Bump stocks” make it easier to make certain guns fire rounds more quickly. Calls for their ban grew louder after the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada late last year.

The president’s hypothetical idea of running into the school during a shooting was quickly mocked—with people bringing up his Vietnam War record and posting GIFs of various times Trump looked scared.

Trump also revealed during his speech that he’d had lunch with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre recently.

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2018, 12:02 pm CST