The White House has released new details on a number of gun safety proposals, which President Donald Trump is expected to endorse Monday.
Trump himself admitted in an earlier tweet that he is not now pushing age restrictions that could have prevented 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz from buying the powerful AR-15 assault rifle used on February 14 to kill 14 students and 3 adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He took to Twitter Monday morning, responding to criticisms that he dropped the proposal.
And this proposal doesn't have the president stepping forward and demanding action on the age limits. The Senate floor is full with the body still working through a banking deregulation bill this week and then moving on to legislation to target sex trafficking. Instead he made a decision to only endorse the mildest possible compromise in Congress which is to ask states and federal agencies to follow the existing law. The NRA opposes the measure. Back in February he said the NRA will back it. Florida chose to make that move and the NRA is suing the state of Florida. "Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)".
The White House is pushing for federal funding for training and arming voluntary teachers to help protect students at schools.
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. It comes just weeks after he taunted legislators, saying that they were "afraid of the NRA", while he was not.
Huckabee Sanders may also get asked about the reports Trump has been looking to bring on another lawyer to help him on the Russian Federation case, something he denied yesterday. They were expecting President Trump to push for a raise in the age to purchase rifles, possibly a ban on so-called assault rifles, support for universal background checks, and the NICS "fix" promoted by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
"I like taking the guns early", Trump said at a meeting of leaders of Congress. "He said all they do is talk and talk and talk and two hours later, they write a report". "Is it enough? I don't think so". A person must be 21 to buy a handgun but may buy a long gun at 18 from a licensed dealer under federal law.
The commission would look at a "wide range" of ideas in order to ensure that "no student or family should ever have to live the horror of Parkland or Sandy Hook ever again", FOX News reported that DeVos said in a statement.
He still supports legislation aimed at providing more data for the background check system: a database of people who are not legally allowed to buy guns.
During previous meetings, Mr. Trump also advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder. But nothing in the current White House proposals address raising the minimum age for buyers. She also panned Trump's political allegiance to the NRA as well as his appointing DeVos to chair the panel to examine school safety plans. And that's why, in hindsight, Democrats should have seen that Trump would not support any of their gun-control proposals.
"Anytime you can get a chance to come and do something like this, it's going to be a great time", right fielder Josh Reddick said after the event.
It was not clear how quickly Congress would move on the issue.