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White House: Trump Not Retreating On Gun Control

13 March, 2018, 06:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • 'What Are Americans Doing? How Is This Even Possible?'

Among those ideas, which Trump had expressed vocal support for in a February 28 meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is raising the age on gun purchases, universal background checks and taking guns from those identified as a security threat without consideration of due process.

The president had said he favored such a step ever since the Parkland school massacre: Indeed, he even chided Republican lawmakers during a televised White House meeting for being "afraid of the NRA". "That's not true. It's just not factually accurate", he said of Sanders remarks.

Seventeen people were killed in last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, prompting a national conversation about gun laws, fierce advocacy for stronger gun control from surviving students and, initially, a move from Trump to buck his allies at the National Rifle Association.

Trump also recognized members of the Cajun Navy. "That doesn't make sense". "Shame on you, Mr. President", Feinstein said in a statement.

The NRA has not yet commented on the White House proposals.

Besides the president, several others spoke during Monday's half-hour ceremony, including Astros owner Jim Crane, manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow, and outfielder Josh Reddick, who presented Trump with a number 17 Astros jersey, in honor the 2017 championship. What Trump says and does is almost always some synthesis of whatever he thinks will enable him to achieve the end he wants at any given time.

Trump's plan does not include an endorsement of a bipartisan measure written by Sens.

Sanders said the White House is dedicated to figuring out "the best path forward" on the matter. Trump will back two modest pieces of legislation, and the administration pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers.

"(Trump is) the President of the United States. "Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"But he can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen", she said.




"He is making sure the things that we can do right now, we're actually doing", Sanders said.

She is laying the blame on Capitol Hill, saying there is "not broad-based support" in Congress to push forward the assault weapons change.

Sunday's announcement also included continued support for arming teachers and other school personnel on a volunteer basis, another controversial stance supported by the NRA.

The plan was immediately panned by gun control advocates, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

But he added that he has held off on increasing the minimum age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, "while watching court cases and rulings before acting".

According to the proposal, raising the age limit will be studied by a federal commission on school safety.

Still, Trump argued that this was progress.

The White House's plan, announced less than four weeks after the Valentine's Day school attack, will immediately establish a federal commission to explore other options as well. He's calling on states to adopt "extreme risk protection orders" that allow law enforcement to remove guns from those deemed a threat. "Armed guards OK, deterrent!" President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.

Trump drew some Republican backing, with Sen.

Instead, the issue will be one of a list of topics to be studied by the DeVos commission, which will then provide recommendations to the president.

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