President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings
14 March, 2018, 12:56
Almost a month after the Florida high school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, President Donald Trumptweeted Monday that he is "watching court cases and rulings" before taking action on raising age limits for purchasing some firearms, arguing that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)". In televised meetings with lawmakers, survivors of recent school shootings and the families of victims, Trump made a strong case for arming teachers and for increasing the age for purchasing long guns.
Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence. "I think it's something you have to think about".
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who offered her support as Trump expressed his backing for gun control a fortnight ago, said the president had "completely caved to the gun lobby".
Sandy Hook Promise, a group whose representatives met with Trump and Parkland students and parents at the White House, said in a statement that Trump's plan "shows that there is room for common ground and we must work together to pass solutions".
A White House official said that the president reacted not to opposition by the NRA, but from lawmakers - a distinction without a difference, given the legislative scorecard the NRA uses to determine whether to attack lawmakers come re-election time.
The gun-rights organization has already sued Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed legislation raising the minimum age to 21.
Trump's position on guns, like his position on the "dreamers" or nearly anything else, is a public policy version of Schrödinger's cat.
The centerpiece of the administration's plan is Trump's vow to "harden our schools against attack".
The NRA supports the idea of allowing armed teachers in schools. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that is created to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize state-based grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students.
At the same meeting February 28 with lawmakers where he discussed raising the gun-buying age, Trump alarmed gun rights activists by suggesting he would confiscate guns from people who posed threats, then "go through due process". The problem, this Republican says, is that Trump rushed into the debate with gut instincts but little grasp of gun policy.
The NRA contends the new Florida law is unconstitutional because it raises the minimum age to buy rifles and puts a blanket ban on the fundamental rights of some law-abiding Florida citizens. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control.
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka - a senior White House adviser with such duties as lobbying the Senate on tax policy and representing her father at a Group of 20 summit of world leaders - will collect more than $1 million a year from the family business that has continued to develop luxury resorts around the world during the Trump presidency.
The DOJ also addressed mass shootings Saturday by proposing a regulation banning bump stock devices on firearms, which increase the firing rate of rifles and were used in the fatal Las Vegas shooting last fall that killed 58 people attending a country music festival.
"He's talking about Congress who actually has the ability to make law, not online polls", Sanders said.