White House Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age

White House Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age

Trump first floated the idea of arming teachers and school officials after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month - an idea that was met with immediate criticism.

He will also not be issuing any mandates to raise the age requirement so that a person has to be 21-years-old to purchase a gun, instead leaving that decision up to the states, officials explained.

"There has been a lot of talk and too little action", DeVos said on a call Sunday.

Trump on Saturday criticized the use of blue-ribbon commissions in dealing with drug dealers, telling a crowd at a rally near Pittsburgh, "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, two hours later, then they write a report".

Shah said the proposals will be legislative and administrative and also will include recommendations for states.

The lawmaker, who strongly favors increasing the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons, said he thinks Trump "has abandoned his instincts on the issue of gun safety policies", adding that he thinks the proposal is "weak".

White House spokesperseon Raj Shah had said earlier Sunday in an interview with ABC's This Week that "the president has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21" and that that would be a "component" of the announcement.

Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees, officials said Sunday under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida. "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's unsafe retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president.

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest professional union in the United States, has said that parents and educators "overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff".

The administration also plans to support the transition of military veterans and retired law enforcement into new careers in education and will encourage state attorneys general to audit school districts for compliance with state emergency preparedness activities.

The White House backs the "Fix NICS" bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that's created to improve the database used to check the backgrounds of would-be gun buyers.

The White House plans to release more details about the plan Sunday night, almost a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead. "It should all be at 21", Trump said in late February. They declined to give any specific timeline for the DeVos' commission to produce recommendations, other than saying it would be less than a year, and the commission would work "quickly".

Trump is proposing an expansion and overhaul of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat those who may be a threat to themselves or others, the administration announced.

In terms of mental health resources, the president said he wanted to "increase integration of mental health, primary care, and family services, as well as support for programs that utilize court-ordered treatment".

Trump also supports a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow weapons to fire like machine guns.

Sessions submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed regulation on bump stocks.

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