Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

It was right after Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corp that Trump has no broad support for raising the age of buying a gun to 21 when Smith chimed in and told the Fox audience that this is 'just not true'.

So help me understand a little bit more, because there seems to be some confusion about what the Trump administration's stance is on whether certain issues around gun safety in schools should be dealt with at the state level or at the federal level.

-Training will be state based and local school district officials will make decisions about where staff can obtain proper training for carrying firearms inside schools. Nonetheless, Trump tweeted earlier Monday that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)" for the proposal. "Sometimes we don't like the things he does or like the things he does". He added that an effort to bar bump stock devices was coming and that "Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law", he tweeted. On Monday, he tweeted what amounts to support for an end to schools being gun-free zones, writing, "If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter".

After last month's deadly shooting at a Florida high school, the president advocated for increasing the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon to 21.

Her comments came after news that Education Secretary Betsy Devos would lead a commission reviewing whether to raise the minimum gun purchasing age and expand background checks. "But when it comes to the NRA's priorities, they're happy to push for a federal mandate that guts state laws", he said.

Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who sat alongside Trump at the February meeting, have accused the president of backing down after holding a private meeting with top members of the NRA.

DeVos said that "far too often, the focus" after such tragedies "has been only on the most contentious fights, the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners". But after meeting with NRA officials, both parties released statements saying Trump supports the Second Amendment and due process but not gun control. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: "The families and students suffering from the heartbreak of gun violence deserve real leadership, not a White House that cravenly tiptoes around the NRA".

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The NBA champion Golden State Warriors avoided the White House on a trip to Washington last month. "If there are 100 mass shootings next week, the Congress is not going to move on any significant new gun law". Although I'm proud to be a leading Senate co-sponsor of Fix NICS and the STOP School Violence Act, these bills only scratch the surface of what is necessary to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

When asked if her commission would also look at raising the age limit on guns, DeVos said the group would look at it, but was noncommittal about what may emerge.

Unlike Florida, however, the president, falling in line with the NRA despite claiming he isn't beholden to them, has rolled back his support of a federal increase in the minimum age required to legally buy a firearm.

Sanders said Monday that the administration is prioritizing objectives that can be done immediately.

The massacre of 17 students and personnel at a Florida high school has prompted a nationwide debate over U.S. gun laws.

On Saturday, the Justice Department submitted a regulation to ban bump stocks - devices that turn semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns - that would not require congressional approval.

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