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Trump puts off action on gun control till court decision

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. for a day trip to suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally supporting Republican candidate U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. Thomson Reuters
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 12:55

The White House on Monday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's gun proposals as it faced questions about whether he had "chickened out" in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

At a political rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked the idea of commissions to solve the nation's drug epidemic. On age limits, he said: "watching court cases and rulings before acting". 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.

The president quickly drew Democratic criticism over age limits. Sen.

At the same meeting February 28 with lawmakers where he discussed raising the gun-buying age, Trump alarmed gun rights activists by suggesting he would confiscate guns from people who posed threats, then "go through due process".

The White House's formal release of a school safety agenda is an early step, as the president is also naming a commission to come up with more recommendations.

Hogg also pointed out that talk about gun control, in the absence of meaningful action, is just that: talk. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. "Cowards will only go where there is no deterrent!" But the action at the White House is taking is creating a federal commission to talk about this stuff more and punting a lot of the most controversial issues including age limits to this commission, which is of course the opposite of taking action - it is in fact just engaging in more talk. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he does not support raising the age to purchase long guns, such as AR-15 rifles that have been used in numerous recent mass shootings.

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The White House on Sunday pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check system as part of a new plan to prevent school shootings. "It's not going to be appropriate in every location, but it is going to be appropriate in some places".

Whatever the reason for Trump's hard-right turns on immigration and guns, it underscores what Democrats most fear about negotiating with the president: That no matter what bipartisan compromises the president seems to support when they're across the table from him, he'll fall back to his most conservative positions.

The plan is less ambitious than the changes Trump advocated in a series of listening sessions in the weeks after the massacre. "They have less power over me".

"I shudder to think what might have happened if it had been a firearm instead of a phone". "So how does that make sense?" he told school officials last month. Sometimes we don't like the things he does or like the things he does. The NRA on Friday sued Florida over a new gun law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott that bans the purchase of firearms by anyone under the age of 21.

Trump's new plan focuses on "hardening" schools with increased security and expresses support for boosting some background checks. The president is proposing an expansion and reform of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.

Since the Parkland school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students such as Hogg, as well as his colleague Emma Gonzalez, have become national gun-control activists.

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