President Donald Trump unloads school gun control issue

President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings

President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings

Some of the more controversial proposals, including raising the minimum purchase age or requiring background checks for guns bought at gun shows or on the internet, will be studied by a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, administration officials said.

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. "If there are 100 mass shootings next week, the Congress is not going to move on any significant new gun law".

The Florida school shooting survivor appeared on CNN Monday night to challenge the president on his recent reversals from some gun control measures.

The proposals are a stark departure from Trump's comments at a White House meeting last month during which he endorsed the idea of raising the age to purchase AR-15s and other high-powered long guns from 18 to 21 in the wake of the February 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead at the hands of a 19-year-old wielding an AR-15-style rifle.

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

The NRA contends the new Florida law is unconstitutional because it raises the minimum age to buy rifles and puts a blanket ban on the fundamental rights of some law-abiding Florida citizens.

US President Donald Trump holds up a signed memorandum recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as US Vice President looks on, at the White House, on December 6, 2017.

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Along those lines and to his credit, Trump also called on states to pass court-issued Risk Protection Orders - the so-called "red flag orders- that allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms".

Third, reforming mental health programs. They represent a near-total capitulation to the gun lobby Trump claimed to have the courage to confront. Earlier this month, the USA said the move would take place to coincide with Israel's 70th birthday.

The White House said Trump has taken aggressive action to confront Iran's "threatening behaviour", including imposing sanctions on dozens of Iran-linked entities and refusing to re-certify the Iran deal.

This is not the first time there has been a controversy surrounding professional sports champions visiting the White House. And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18.

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on. So the president is clearly feeling the pressure from the public and from students in Florida to really do something, but isn't living up to those promises, is really trying to delay on a lot of fronts here. And that's why, in hindsight, Democrats should have seen that Trump would not support any of their gun-control proposals. Sanders said the president hasn't abandoned the proposal, but said there is little support for it on Capitol Hill. He is impossible to follow, in more ways than one.

Lois Beckett, reporter for The Guardian.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday pushed back against suggestions that the White House's newly-released school safety proposals amount to a retreat for President Donald Trump in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association.

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