Trump Won't Support Raising Minimum Gun Age To 21

Trump Won't Support Raising Minimum Gun Age To 21

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.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be the chairwoman of the commission, and the White House announced over the weekend plans to make schools more secure, strengthen background checks, and reform mental health programs.

Trump's new proposal for offer funding for teachers so they could carry guns in classrooms, with the stated intention of taking on mass shooters.

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

Terror group ISIS has lost almost 100 per cent of its former caliphate while more than 50 per cent of the territory liberated from ISIS has been liberated under the Trump administration, the White House said.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., called the plan "weak on security and an insult to the victims of gun violence".

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. And yet the White House is coming forward and saying for school shootings this is the path we want to take. "There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe".

Trump said over Twitter on Monday he still supports raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun but that there isn't enough "political support" on that front right now.

Gun control advocates said the reason for Trump's retreat is obvious: He caved to the National Rifle Association.

On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a gun control bill that was passed by the state's legislature.

Instead, the issue will be one of a list of topics to be studied by the DeVos commission, which will then provide recommendations to the president.

"Let's not forget that the Obama administration had the White House and all of Congress for two years and didn't do anything", she said.

At his meeting, held days after the massacre, Trump chided GOP lawmakers for not including an age-hike provision in legislation they proposed, telling them it was "because you're afraid of the NRA, right?" The White House did not immediately say how much money would be made available.

The administration also has backed gun violence protection orders, which create a due-process-supported way for officials to temporarily seize the guns of a potentially unsafe individual. As the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., faded from headlines, the White House realized the president perhaps overstepped on what he was willing to do - and whom he was willing to anger. Recent polls have shown that a majority of American adults 67 percent 71 percent support raising the age for all gun purchases to 21.

Observing that Trump has made "strong and necessary" moves to deter threats to the U.S., the White House said he has led and executed an global maximum pressure campaign against North Korea to compel it to denuclearise and cease its risky provocations. She said the president wanted to expedite the court process, not circumvent it.

-President Trump supports the Stop School Violence Act, which puts increased emphasize on the importance of localized threat assessment.

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