Trump doesn't set age for guns, defers on arming teachers

Trump doesn't set age for guns, defers on arming teachers

When the White House unveiled its school safety plan Sunday night, the only mention of the age proposal was that it would be one of 11 issues a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would study. 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. 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.

"President Donald Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby", Feinstein said in a statement Monday.

Almost 70 percent of the public, including most Republicans, favors raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21. There was some uncertainty there were in terms of what Secretary DeVos was saying.

The shootings reignited fierce debate in the United States, and Mr Trump stunned members of Congress during White House meetings by voicing support for proposals long opposed by his fellow Republicans and accusing lawmakers of being afraid of the NRA. "You can buy a handgun - you can't buy one; you have to wait until you're 21". Nearly all school shootings are in gun free zones. "I think it's something you have to think about". But the action at the White House is taking is creating a federal commission to talk about this stuff more and punting a lot of the most controversial issues including age limits to this commission, which is of course the opposite of taking action - it is in fact just engaging in more talk.

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

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At the same time, Republicans anxious that the mercurial and ideologically ignorant Trump would complicate their well-laid plans with his desire to play to the crowd, particularly since so much of what they advocate is deeply unpopular.

"Right now the president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective that we can do immediately", Sanders said.

"The The budget deal provides for funding levels that would support for thousands more troops and billions more in funding for missile defense", the White House said. "Responding to the murders of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is abdication of the president's responsibility to lead".

Two weeks ago Trump declared he was in favour of raising the minimum age for buying guns, banning assault weapons and blocking the mentally ill from owning firearms.

Trump ignored their outstretched hand on universal background checks and started talking more about arming teachers. John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Christopher Murphy (D., Conn.), would implement much-needed changes to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), allocating hundreds of millions of dollars to induce state and local law enforcement to submit more of their records to the system.

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. Sanders said the president hasn't abandoned the proposal, but said there is little support for it on Capitol Hill.

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