Trump Just Trashed Some Very Popular Gun Proposals

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Trump supports improved background checks for some gun purchases, for example, and more robust mental health counseling. This follows reports that calls came into the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line warning about 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, prior to his shooting and killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Among those ideas, which Trump had expressed vocal support for in a February 28 meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is raising the age on gun purchases, universal background checks and taking guns from those identified as a security threat without consideration of due process.

"This is why I've put forward a bill called the Gun Research Act to study gun violence as the public health issue that it is, and then from that space of fact and evidence, develop the proposals", she said.

"The president still has in this plan the age limit increase and that is part of one of the things that will be - one of those things will be reviewed on what the best path forward is on that front, whether it can be done at a federal level or whether it needs to be done on a state-by-state basis", Sanders said. "President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby", said Sen.

But the White House plan released Sunday does not address the minimum age for gun purchases. And deadly gun massacres are hardly limited to schools, as the people in Las Vegas, Orlando, Charleston and other communities know.

Under the Trump administration's plan, the Justice Department will assist school districts to work with local law enforcement to train school personnel in firearms.

The president on Monday also repeated his criticism of keeping guns out of schools, tweeting: "If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter".

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The White House said that by suspending the security assistance to Pakistan, Trump has sent a "long overdue" message to the recipients of American foreign aid that the administration expects them to fully join the United States in combating terrorism.

According to a survey by polling company Morning Consult taken two weeks ago, 82 percent of Americans support raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21.

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".

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

"In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump called on representatives of over 50 Muslim-majority nations to do more to combat terror and extremist ideology", it said. Clearly, Trump is afraid of the National Rifle Association. "Clearly, the NRA was more persuasive than I was".

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".

"You just can't decide you want laws to pass and it happens", Sanders said.

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