UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump said federal funds will help pay for training teachers to use firearms.

His administration announced on Sunday, March 11 its current plan to prevent school shootings with a series of policy proposals.  

The White House says they aim to improve background checks and expand mental health programs

This is in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Seventeen people died, including students, sparking a nationwide demand for restrictions on purchasing guns.

The White House said a newly-created federal commission headed by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will shape school safety recommendations.  

Trump also backed away from raising the gun purchasing age for now, stating in a tweet on Monday that states are making the decision.

However, reports say DeVos’s commission will also look into the age requirement as a possible solution.