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Gun control: Trump backflips on stricter measures, pushes to arm teachers

13 March 2018

The Fox News host suggested the president was pandering to the NRA instead of keeping his promise to students of Parkland, Florida, who survived a deadly mass shooting at their high school last month. The tip line has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, after it was revealed that someone had contacted the line regarding the Parkland, Fla. shooter's gun ownership and his desire to kill people.

From the parts of the plan that you're describing that are there and those that are not, it sounds like an NRA-approved school safety plan. Those proposals were praised by gun control groups in the wake of the meeting and panned by the National Rifle Association. “Hes much taller than I thought, ” said Trump to laughter from those in attendance. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen.

American federal law states that you must be 18 years old in order to buy a rifle or shotgun from a licensed dealer, and 21 years old to purchase a handgun.

"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. So how does that make sense?" he told school officials last month, remarks that sparked a backlash from some Republican lawmakers and the powerful National Rifle Association. Huckabee Sanders said it is not the polls that pass these bills, and Congress is not offering support for this age change. On Monday morning, Trump tweeted that he would be "watching court cases and rulings before acting" on age limits, noting that several states were moving on that issue.

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Sanders separately complained that members of the media "continue to misunderstand and misrepresent the comments that I'm making", but acknowledged that DeVos' commission wasn't focused on immediate legislative priorities.

President Trump meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety on February 22, 2018, at the White House.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could end the attack very quickly", he has said. 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.

"The flow of information that goes in the background check system from local and state courts is more updated and real-time information is made available", Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said on ABC "This Week". But after meeting with NRA officials, both parties released statements saying Trump supports the Second Amendment and due process but not gun control.

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"I've called the meeting we had at the White House on TV really more of a brainstorming session". Nearly all school shootings are in gun free zones. "It only answers one of the main three issues that we face, which is just gun reform and mental health care and universal background checks, and things like that".

And in that meeting, Trump demanded aggressive tools to repossess the guns of those who might be unsafe: "Take the guns first, go through due process second". Trump wrote in one Twitter message. Trump appointed secretary of education Betsy Devos to chair the Federal Commission on School Safety, which will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention, including plans for funding training for armed teachers.

DeVos will lead a Federal Commission on School Safety to study ways to prevent school shootings and make specific recommendations, the White House announced Sunday.

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Gun control: Trump backflips on stricter measures, pushes to arm teachers