Trump drops calls to raise guns age limit

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

"If we want to prevent future atrocities, we must look for solutions that keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans", said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. "And really strong on background checks".

"The president, as you know, doesn't have the ability to just create federal law", Sanders said. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. In the control group, 61 percent of Republicans favored raising the age for gun purchases to 21; in the group with Trump's name attached, a very similar 65 percent did.

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.

President Donald Trump on Monday distanced himself from his earlier calls to raise the age to purchase guns from 18 to 21 in the wake of a deadly South Florida school shooting, saying on Twitter there is "not much political support" for changing the age requirement.

"I mean, so they buy a revolver - a handgun - they buy at the age of 21". "Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama, and so many other places were affected, and we're standing by all of them". Sometimes we don't like the things he does or like the things he does.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

"His remarks at this meeting were intensely revealing precisely because they showed once again that Trump is nearly wholly devoid of core beliefs", she wrote in the National Review.

"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?".

The new recommendations include a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line.

Hogg also pointed out that talk about gun control, in the absence of meaningful action, is just that: talk. A recent poll revealed there's widespread support for raising age limits on buying assault rifles, and for years Democrats have been fighting for common-sense gun control laws. "He can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday.

Trump also supports expanded background checks, including those at gun shows and private sales.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said: "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's unsafe retreat from his promise". She said the president wanted to expedite the court process, not circumvent it. 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. Trump will back two modest pieces of legislation, and the administration pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the STOP School Violence Act next week.

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