White House Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age
White House Announces Support For Arming Teachers, Backpedals On Gun Purchase Age
President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings
12 March, 2018, 13:18
But DeVos, who has met with students, teachers and families in the wake of the deadly February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., said little progress had been made protecting students over the past several years. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.
Trump had several times endorsed increasing the minimum age for buying rifles or perhaps other guns from 18 to 21.
"There has been a lot of talk and too little action", DeVos said on a call Sunday.
Trump has long criticized previous administrations for creating commissions to examine issues.
The Justice Department will also provide an unspecified amount of grants to states that want to train teachers to carry guns in school - an idea already in place in a small number of states, and backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights lobby.
Speaking last month, President Trump had appeared indignant at the fact Americans could legally buy assault rifles from the age of 18 yet had to wait until 21 to buy handguns.
Shah avoided answering whether the White House will call for universal background checks, which President Donald Trump has said he would support, and instead spoke about improving the current background check system. 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 grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students.
The White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council. "Some will be legislative, some will be administrative and some will be recommendations for states as well as a task force to study this issue in more depth and make more additional policy recommendations".
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Trump has now embraced a proposal from John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT, which is supported by many but not all Republicans. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which intends to improve the information going into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by offering financial incentives to federal and state authorities to comply with existing law to report criminal history records.
After the latter statement the president met privately with the NRA, whose leaders said he'd backed down.
Trump also supports a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow weapons to fire like machine guns.
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest professional union in the United States, has said that parents and educators "overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff".
These court-issued orders allow for law enforcement officers to remove guns from people who pose a demonstrated threat, "to temporarily prevent such individuals from purchasing new firearms, all while still protecting due process rights", he said.
Among other steps, DeVos said she will chair a federal commission on school safety.
Sessions submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed regulation on bump stocks. Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd made in under a year.
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