Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

The White House opted to take cues from gun rights advocates in its proposal for preventing future school shootings with a plan that highlights arming teachers but excludes raising the age limit to buy long guns.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday pushed back against suggestions that the White House's newly-released school safety proposals amount to a retreat for President Donald Trump in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association.

Since the Parkland school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students such as Hogg, as well as his colleague Emma Gonzalez, have become national gun-control activists. Christie's team managed, less than six months after launching, to issue the kind of report Trump mocked on stage Saturday.

He added: "President no better than other politicians".

"On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting". Back in February he said the NRA will back it. Florida decided to make that move and the NRA is suing the state of Florida. "Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The NRA has become the focus of a growing movement by activists who are demanding that USA politicians stop accepting political donations from the gun lobby.

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

Trump's position on guns, like his position on the "dreamers" or nearly anything else, is a public policy version of Schrödinger's cat. "Cowards will only go where there is no deterrent!"

The White House called on Congress to pass a second bill that would create a federal grant program to train students, teachers and school officials how to identify signs of potential violence and intervene early. The administration has pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and is seeking to improve the background check and mental health systems. He's not pushing Congress, he's pushing on the states, but this will potentially give Republicans at the state level cover to come behind this measure which really could have a real effect on saving lives. Pressed by reporters about the apparent backtracking, a senior administration said the age issue was "a state-based discussion right now" and would be explored by DeVos's commission.

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

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Murphy didn't say directly if she thinks Trump caved in to the demands of the NRA, whose representatives met with him on the day after the school safety meeting.

Trump was moved by the Florida school shooting and convened a series of listening sessions in the weeks after the massacre.

While public polls show overwhelming support for action on guns, private polls conducted for Republicans show Trump's strongest supporters have little interest in that.

"I mean, so they buy a revolver - a handgun - they buy at the age of 21", he told school officials.

"We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk talk talk talk. There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe".

"We send our sons and daughters over to Afghanistan, in Iraq", at age 18, Johnson said.

The National Education Association, the largest representative of US educators in the country, "overwhelmingly rejected" Trump's idea to arm school staff. "Educators need to be focused on teaching our students".

The commission will push to arm teachers in classrooms.

The Trump administration will also provide technical assistance to states preparing temporary "risk protection orders" that allow for guns to be removed from certain individuals, said Andrew Bremberg, a presidential assistant who heads the Domestic Policy Council at the White House.

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