Trump says watching courts before acting on gun age limits

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

She described the plan as "pragmatic".

Where Trump's White House ended up on how to respond to school shootings is a world away from where he started. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tweeting that Trump "couldn't even summon the political courage to propose raising the age limit on firearm purchases - despite repeated promises to support such a step at a meeting with lawmakers".

"Now, this is not a popular thing to say, in terms of the NRA".

In a televised meeting with lawmakers on February 28, Trump praised members of the gun lobby as "great patriots" but declared "that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything".

"I mean, so they buy a revolver - a handgun - they buy at the age of 21", he told school officials. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. "In fact, this incident is one of the starkest examples we've seen of this fact so far during his presidency". President Donald Trump stood accused yesterday of caving in to the U.S. gun lobby one month after the Florida school shooting, as the White House pushed ahead with plans to arm teachers but backpedaled on curbing access to assault rifles. Just two days earlier, Trump had mocked commissions as something of a dead end while talking about the opioid epidemic.

"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?". "President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby", said Sen. Sometimes we don't like the things he does or like the things he does. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote the school safety bill, tweeting he was "grateful" for the White House backing and calling the measure "the best first step we can take" to make students safer.

The NRA supports the idea of allowing armed teachers in schools.

The most recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, which set up a similar experiment, found that Republicans' opinions of several of the policies Trump espoused stayed about the same, whether the poll mentioned his name or not. The result was the set of proposals that emerged Sunday, which calls for federal spending to help states train school staff in firearms use; allow military veterans and retired police officers to work as school safety officers; support for a watered-down bill to improve background checks; a call to states to allow judges to approve seizing weapons from people who pose a "red-flag" threat to themselves or others; and a ban on "bump stock" devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire almost as rapidly as automatic weapons.

Hogg also pointed out that talk about gun control, in the absence of meaningful action, is just that: talk.

Trump vowed to address mental health issues after the shooting, but his administration's recommendations for reforms included no concrete details, other than reviewing health and education privacy laws. "No stone will be unturned".

Then, Trump made one of the most pro gun-control Democrats in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein, positively giddy with the suggestion Congress should ban assault weapons.

On Saturday, the Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation to ban bump stocks that would not need congressional approval. The proposal still requires that office's approval, and once that is complete, it must be published and public comments considered before it becomes reality.

Along those lines and to his credit, Trump also called on states to pass court-issued Risk Protection Orders - the so-called "red flag orders- that allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms". Federal officials had in years past concluded they could not legally regulate bump stocks, and the new move to do so is likely to be met with lawsuits from manufacturers of the devices.

Trump himself admitted in an earlier tweet that he is not now pushing age restrictions that could have prevented 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz from buying the powerful AR-15 assault rifle used on February 14 to kill 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

As for federal age limits on gun purchases, it only said the government would form a special commission on school safety, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in charge.

"We send our sons and daughters over to Afghanistan, in Iraq", at age 18, Johnson said. But the latest polling suggests that, had Trump held on to his support for gun restrictions, he may have brought some members of his party along.

Spitzer was not optimistic of any solid action on gun control, given that the Republican-controlled Congress faces a tough election battle in November.

At his February 28 meeting with lawmakers, Trump sounded open to new restrictions on gun purchase.

Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA", declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month's Florida school shooting. Days after the February 14 shooting in which 17 students and school personnel were killed by a former student, Trump told a bipartisan roundtable of lawmakers they should give "serious thought" to raising the minimum age for purchasing guns, and chided some for being afraid to push forward such legislation because "some of you people are petrified of the NRA".