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this is "nightline." tonight arming teachers? [ chanting] >> as the rallying cry for gun reform grows louder, an inside look at how some teachers are being trained to respond to an active shooter. >> the people effected and targeted are the ones who need to know how to respond to it. >> why some educator said say more guns isn't the answer. >> i went to school to study english, not be a police officer. plus the less ones of new town. we sit down with four student whose survived the sandy hook massacre. >> i couldn't close my eyes. >> a decade later the trauma
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they live with every day. >> it finds a way to manifest its way into all aspects of everything. >> you hear about other shootings and it breaks you. >> reporter: as congress considers a compromise, their message to those trapped in the same nightmare. >> now these little kids are part of the community but we're here for them in any way that they need. >> "nightline" will be right back.
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♪ thanks for joining us. we begin tonight with our nabc news series guns in america. how to protect our nation's teachers? are armed teachers the answer? is asking those responsible for educating the children to act as the first line of defense. ♪ >> reporter: stop thinking that we can turn schools into armed fortresses. they should be safe havens. they have to be welcoming and safe environments for our kids. >> reporter: she knows teachers are on the frontlines in the gun epidemic. >> teachers don't want to be armed with weapons. they want to be armed with books. >> reporter: as the american
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federation of teachers, she was in d.c. marching with her colleagues. demanding that something be done to end the rampant gun violence ravaging the country. >> why should you be table have an ar-15 before you can drink? [ chanting] >> jimmy: these teachers are joining thousands across the cou country who want congress to it pass stricter gun laws. our enemy is gun violence with our goal is peace. >> reporter: many of them surrounding the washington monument in the youth-led movement, march for our lives. formed by students in the wake of the mass shooting at marjory stoneman douglas. >> if our government can't do anything to stop 19 kids from being killed, it's time to
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change who is in government. >> reporter: and now for the first time in nearly three decades, it seems some change may actually be coming. a bipartisan group of senators agreeing to a framework around mental health and school security. strengthening background checks, allowing juvenile recrd toads be screened under 21. adopt red flag laws to temporarily take guns away from those considered dangerous. and expanding gun restrictions for convicted domestic gun violence. >> it is substantial. it is significant. it will save lives. >> reporter: while president biden has signalled support, it still calls short on what he was calling for. no ban on assault weapons and the age to purchase will remain at 18.
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>> it makes me want to cry tears of happiness. this is just a first step, not the last. >> reporter: in the meantime, ohio governor signing a bill allowing teachers to have guns in school despite opposition from a police group and education-employee unions. >> you need a gun in your classroom? >> ab solotly mot. that is quite possibly the most absurd recommendation anyone can make for a classroom teacher. >> reporter: she's an english teacher at marjory stoneman douglas high school and a survivor of the shooting. >> if the shooter had entered my room, by the time i would have accessed my weapon, i would have been shot and killed. a hand gng is no match for an ar-15. what happens if a student gets ahold of my gun? what if i shoot to wrong person? >> reporter: some are engaging professional safety training companies. >> they train for fires every
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month. we need them to train for a person that's a threat on campus as well. >> reporter: he's the cofounder of an emergency preparedness consulting firm, formed after the tragedy in sandy hook. he's a south florida police officer and was a first responder to the 2018 school shooting in parkland. >> by the time i got there, the situation was over. this took six and a half minutes for 17 to be killed and 17 injured. the people effected and targeted are the ones who need to know how to respond and that's these teachers. they are the first responders. not us, they are. this is where we with start the basics. >> reporter: now, a decade since sandy hook and over an estimated 250 trainings in schools and houses of worship. >> we can make our way to a rally point. >> reporter: he concede said these are uniquely american.
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>> reporter: could you have imagined it would have spread to al walks of life? >> it's still unimaginable that we have to do this sort of training. >> kind of distopian. >> it is. >> reporter: preparing for the worst case scenario can also mean knowing how the to help the wound woithed -- wounded in the aftermath of a school shooting. >> to deal with a major event in our schools. >> reporter: two hours southeast of uvalde, texas, this skol is holding a stop the bleed training for educators across the dirsricate. today they're learning how to use tourniquet and packing techniques to help keep people with life-threatening injuries alive. >> here is your gauze and injured person. >> reporter: jennifer carr says each second is crucial.
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>> someone with a life-threatening bleeding, usually from an artery, can die in as little as three to five minutes. that's why this class is very important for people to recognize the bleeding and immediately act to control that bleeding. >> reporter: compelled by previous shootings, the white house launched the stop the bleed campaign in 2015. since then with programming developed in part with the american college of surgeons has trained nearly 2 million people nationwide. >> the training was wonderful because there's a lot of information you wouldn't know unless you were a nurse or doctor. you've had that type of specific training. >> reporter: one of the trainees, marcy davis, the principal at a nearby elementary school. >> it is my biggest fear. i have to make sure you're learning, make sure you're safe and that safety piece has grown exponentially over the years. >> reporter: she says lockdown drills used to happen once a semester and now considering holding them once a month.
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and she's added additional security officers at the school. >> we use them for lockdown drills and chemical emergencies. now i'm going to restock fraa couple of things from the stop the bleed training. we need to figure out how to get those things for our students. >> reporter: texas requires the training. they mandate schools in the state have easily accessible bleed control stations and have a plan in place for dramatic injuries. >> you can't do enough training. you just can't. and i'm not going to say that we're as good as first responders but think about it. y with will be the first responders. because we've got to act that quickly as help comes to us. >> reporter: the superintendent
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acknowledges it's preparedness. >> i don't feel that teachers or myself should be walking around with a pistol at all. and this notion the good guy have a gun verses a bad guy. i'm sorry. i may offend. that's phoney baloney. because that's not our training. and should not be our training. >> reporter: davis says her family owns guns but she too supports tighter gun laws, including raising the age limit for buying guns. >> i think teachers are on the frontlines of gun violence and that's new for us. i do think it's above our pay grade. and they still show up every day. and do the jobs. >> reporter: enough, never again, cries stthat have often felt like a drop in the bucket is finally starting to over flow.
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you ever feel like you're screaming at the sky? >> i do but i know somebody has to hear me. so, i keep screaming. but i know i'm not the only one who's screaming. if enough of us are screaming, somebody's got to hear us. >> we turn now to the january 6th select committee hearing. today the focus was on what was happening inside the white house on election night. and recorded testimony, several members of trump's inner circle, including his daughter, ivanka trump and other senior staffers urged him not to declare victory. >> the results were still being counted. it was becoming clear that the race would not be called. on election night. >> i would say we should not deit claire victory until we had a better sense of the numbers. >> it was far too early to be making any calls like that.
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ballots were still being counted. ballots were still going to be counted for days. >> reporter: but president trump instead listened to attorney rudy giuliani and others and at 2:30 in the morning made this flse announcement to americans. >> this is a fraud on the american public, this is an embarrassment to our country. wewere getting ready to win this election. frankly, we did win this election. >> there was also more testimony from former attorney general bill barr, who said he was demoralized by trump's unfounded claims about rigged voting machines. >> i thought if he really believes this stuff, he has lost contact -- he's become detached from reality. >> reporter: and the select committee will hold two more hearings this week and abc news will have more coverage. up next, sit down with four
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♪ nearly a decade before the shooting at rob elementary school in uvalde, a 20-year-old gunman killed 26, including 20 children at sandy hook elementary school in new town, connecticut. for the students who survived, the pain has never gone away. >> reporter: andrew, jacky,
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nicole, and maggie were second and third graders when the gunman entered sandy hook elementary school a decade ago. children. today they are teenagers, all students and they all remembered in vivid detail. >> we heard the sounds early on and i remember looking at my teacher's face and her shock and just -- we knew it wasn't a drill. >> i do remember my thoughts of i'm going to die and i'm not going to make it out of the school. there's no way that i'm making it out. >> when you're seven years old and you think you're going to die, what does that mean? >> i'm towards the front, near the door and i remember thinking if someone comes in the classroom, i'm not going to make it out. >> reporter: after four and a
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half minutes of shooting with an ar-15, 20 children killed. the images from that day capturing the chaos and immeasurable pain of an entire community. the children too young at the time to fully realize the horror and brutality of what was unfolding around them. so, you didn't imagine that it was a gunman? just didn't enter your mind? >> when they told me what happhap happened, with i still had trouble comp remending. you wouldn't expect a third grader to come to that conclusion. >> reporter: for maggie, the shooting claimed the life of her best friend, seven-year-old daniel barton. >> it was very traumatic because there was no comfort. no one could comfort anyone else because there was pure devastation and loss and i didn't know those sounds i was listening to was my friend being murdered.
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>> reporter: explain to people how this has changed you as a human being and altered your life? >> i think trauma stays with a person forever. and it finds a way to manifest itself into all aspects of everything. . >> reporter: i know when you walked out, you were told toclose your eyes, put your hand on the friend in front of you so you wouldn't see anything. you opened your eyes? >> i did. i was told i was in the back of the line. and there was glass and obviously blood. i didn't want to step on anything. so, i did open my eyes. yeah. >> reporter: that's a thought that probably does not if we away? >> mow. >> reporter: think if people saw what you saw and didn't have
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tighter gun control ss? >> no. >> i can't stop living it. >> my friends would have sleep overs and i wouldn't be able to go because my anxiety wouldn't let me be away from my family or by myself. >> reporter: when you heard about uvalde and the kids, where were you? >> i was thinking about all the fam elas in their houses right now telling their children, their siblings and their friends and classmates are gone. and it just really broke me to know that, after ten years of everyone giving us their thoughts and prayers, after ten years of everyone saying enough is enough and never again after sandy hook, it happened again. and so, devastatingly. >> reporter: these survivors are
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furious that no compromise has come and that more lives have been lost. >> our government and just we, as a nation, we know the solutions. we have proposed the solutions. we've proposed limited magazines, proposed changing ages, for buying an assault rifle. we've kbennown the ways we can p them. i think what we know just needs come to fruition. >> reporter: all of these teens scarred by that four and a half minutes of terror and carnage, imagining what it was like for the students in uvalde who had to endure more than an hour of waiting before police finally entered. what would you say to the survivors of uvalde? the other children who saw horrible things, that might have been in the classroom? >> it's hard thinking that they're going to have to live
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the rest of their lives with this trauma. >> we completely stand with them and support them. as devastating as it is that they now have this community of pipal who have endured a tragedy, they have a community of people who understand them. and i think that has been something that's kept me going is the people around me know what i'm going through. the and i hate that they do and i hate that now these little kids are part of urcommunity but we're here for them in any way they need and i'm sorry that they're with us now. >> our thanks to martha. up next, another goodbye to a children lost to the epidemming of gun violence in america. my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...the burning, the itching. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. emerge tremfyant®. with tremfya®, most people saw 90% clearer skin at 16 weeks. the majority of people saw 90% clearer skin even at 5 years.
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♪ and finally tonight, another reminder of the ongoing heartache in uvalde, texas. a funeral held today for 1-year-old victim, tess. she loved softball and soccer. her mom wants her to be remembered as the awesome little girl that she was. rest in peace. that's "nightline." you watch all of our full that's "nightline." you watch all of our full episod ♪ ♪ dude, great ride! right? this silverado keeps me connected and in control. and this touchscreen is my command center.


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