Trump retreats from vow to stand up to NRA

Trump retreats from vow to stand up to NRA

Less than two weeks after Donald Trump chided Republican lawmakers for fearing the National Rifle Association and not being ambitious enough in their work to curb gun violence, the President seems to have backed down too.

"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I'm comfortable with", the Republican said. She described the plan as "pragmatic".

"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", DeVos said on a Sunday evening conference call with reporters.

Since the Parkland school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students such as Hogg, as well as his colleague Emma Gonzalez, have become national gun-control activists. Trump's school safety plan also calls for federal funding for violence-prevention programs in schools.

President Trump's decision to hold off on proposing an increase in the minimum age to buy any gun from 18 to 21 - after initially voicing his strong support - shouldn't come as a shock from someone prone to public zigzagging.

"Now, this is not a popular thing to say, in terms of the NRA".

Afterwards, chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox tweeted he had a "great meeting", and the president and vice-president "don't want gun control".

"I mean, so they buy a revolver - a handgun - they buy at the age of 21". But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18.

"I think we could all see it coming".

"This is an issue that is best decided by local communities and by states", DeVos said.

Trump has mocked such commissions as something of a dead end. Trump said. "The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness".

In that meeting, Trump urged the parties to pass "a comprehensive bill" - one that would combine real gun reforms with mental-health investments and other school safety measures.

Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd be made in under a year.

The centerpiece of the administration's plan is Trump's vow to "harden our schools against attack".

"A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us", Trump said during a February 22 listening session at the White House with teachers, students and parents.

But his initial enthusiasm for restrictions was not shared by many of his fellow Republicans in Congress, wary of measures that could be viewed by some voters as infringing on their constitutional right to own guns, particularly leading up to the November congressional elections. Just 11 days ago, Trump scolded Sen. 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.

The administration also is urging all states to pass risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, allowing law enforcement officers to remove firearms from individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others and to prevent them from purchasing new guns, Bremberg said. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line. "No stone will be unturned". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who backs a ban on assault weapons.

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