Last Updated Feb 26, 2018 6:52 PM EST
WASHINGTON -- For the third time in a week, President Trumpat the White House about protecting schoolkids from gun violence. This time, he heard from the .
During that session, Mr. Trump insisted that he personally would have barged into the school under fire to take on the.
"I say the only way you stop it is retribution. I don't think you're going to stop it by being kind," Mr. Trump said. "I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon."
The president urged a roomful of governors to take up his-- and used a golf analogy to describe those who perform well under pressure.
"How come some people always make the four-footer and some people under pressure can't even take their club back?" Mr. Trump asked.
Washington's Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said teachers are not interested in firearms.
"Educators should educate. And they should not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes," Inslee said. "So I'd just suggest we need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening. And let's just take that off the table and move forward."
The president held up programs in states like Texas and Arkansas as a model, yet on the federal level, Republican congressional leaders remain reluctant to.
Other initiatives like raising the age limit for weapons purchases or banning assault rifles also face long odds in Congress. That leaves state governors to act faster. And Mr. Trump urged them not to fear the gun lobby.
"Don't worry about the NRA. They're on our side," he said. "Half of you are so afraid of the NRA. There's nothing to be afraid of. And you know what? If they're not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while. That's OK."
The White House said that while the president did not reiterate his call to raise the age limit for firearms purchases to 21, he still supports the concept. He also denied that a Sunday meeting with thehad softened his stance.
Lawmakers will visit Washington on Wednesday.