Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control


The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump is defending his decision to not include age restrictions on the federal level in his plan to reduce violence with guns at schools. They also indicated that Trump has withdrawn his endorsement-issued at the March 1st meeting-for a Senate bill that would extend background-check requirements for online gun purchases.

The administration's proposals come after 17 people were shot and killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a massacre that spurred officials in Washington to re-evaluate gun laws.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence". She described the plan as "pragmatic". "That's not true. It's just not factually accurate", he said of Sanders remarks.

Michael A. Cohen, a Trump critic who accused the president of having "no core principles", said he's not surprised by the constant shifts. A person must be 21 to buy a handgun but may buy a long gun at 18 from a licensed dealer under federal law.

"Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama and so many other places were affected and we're standing by all of them", said Trump, whose response to last fall's hurricanes was criticized by some. On age limits, he said: "watching court cases and rulings before acting".

The new proposals appear to reflect the clout of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which champions Americans' constitutional right to bear arms.

Trump receives his own Astros jersey
Trump receives his own Astros jersey

No deadline was set for the commission's recommendations, but officials expected them within a year. A senior administration explained that there were no hard numbers yet on how much such a training would cost, but the president had said during a listening session that arming teachers would be "much less expensive than the guards" and would more effective. On Saturday night, the president was at a rally in Pennsylvania and mocked the idea of blue ribbon commissions as an approach to dealing with drug abuse.

During previous meetings, Mr. Trump also advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder. "I think, you know, if they do that, they ought to be able to buy a hunting rifle", said Sen. On Sunday, the president announced the establishment of a federal commission to explore school safety and endorsed legislation that would improve background checks. The White House did not immediately say how much money would be made available.

The President also took a moment to thank the Astros for their efforts in the hurricane recovery, and also the first responders who were in attendance at the White House. Nearly all school shootings are in gun free zones.

During the often free-wheeling conversations, Mr. Trump also seemed to voice support for "universal" background checks, which would apply to private gun sales and those at gun shows, instead of just from licensed dealers.

But Trump backed off that stance in recent weeks, following lobbying at the White House by officials from the NRA. And despite the President's lackluster proposals, CT will continue to lead. Chris Murphy of CT that would offer financial incentives to state and federal agencies to enter more data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System - a proposal known as "Fix NICs" - but stops far short of the expanded background check bill that Trump promoted at the end of February.

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