President Donald Trump said he would wait for the courts to rule before acting on raising the minimum age for some gun purchases, putting off one of the more contentious gun safety measures he had backed after the latest U.S. school shooting.
President Donald Trump said Monday that he is "watching court cases and rulings" before taking action on raising age limits for purchasing some firearms, arguing that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)". The moves come during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at a Florida school, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.
The White House announced Sunday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week House Dems call for first Education Committee hearing on school shootings since Sandy Hook MORE would lead a federal commission to determine how best to address gun violence in schools.
"We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk talk talk talk".
"This is why I've put forward a bill called the Gun Research Act to study gun violence as the public health issue that it is, and then from that space of fact and evidence, develop the proposals", she said. "We're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18". Sanders said the president hasn't abandoned the proposal, but said there is little support for it on Capitol Hill. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18.
The White House is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by DeVos, that will explore possible solutions to school shootings. "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms". This part of the of Trump's previous proposals is not in the plan.
The tepid steps lessened the hopes of gun control advocates that Trump would take a stand in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Those are people such as Stephen Miller, a Trump loyalist who even some Republicans in Congress say is too extreme with which to deal.
Eighty-five percent of Republicans told that Trump favored "strengthening background checks for buying and selling guns" said that they also favored doing so, as did a virtually identical 86 percent of those simply asked their opinion. "He backed off his openness toward an assault weapons ban, support for expanded background checks, barring those who exhibit "red flags" from buying guns and raising the age to buy an assault weapons to 21".
The most recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, which set up a similar experiment, found that Republicans' opinions of several of the policies Trump espoused stayed about the same, whether the poll mentioned his name or not. 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.
"You just can't decide you want laws to pass and it happens", Sanders said.