Donald Trump has made his first move towards tightening regulations on guns after the Florida school shooting, announcing that he has directed the Justice Department to ban so-called "bump stocks" - which are accessories meant to replicate the function of fully automatic weapons on semiautomatic weapons. "They'd go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone", Trump said.
He appreciated the bravery of Aaron Feis, the football coach at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, who died while using his body as a shield to protect students from the barrage of gunfire.
"I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon", Trump said.
"'We're gonna be very strong on background checks", Mr Trump said.
"Fred Guttenberg, father of Jamie, called on the president to "publicly acknowledge the role of guns" in violence".
"You know what isn't acceptable?" said Carly Novell, a senior at the Parkland school.
Students have turned activists in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School atrocity and have led calls for stricter gun controls in the country where school shootings have become routine.
"We don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers".
"We're also so pleased to be gathered here to recognize... law enforcement officers and first responders and to award them the Medal of Valor", Trump said in his opening remarks.
At the meeting, Trump sat in the middle of a semi-circle and heard tales from students and parents as they wept and pleaded for change. He is also in favor of raising the age of eligibility to purchase an AR-15 to 21 and supports a bill from Texas Senator John Cornyn to strengthen mental health measures in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system.