Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Fox News host calls Trump out for backpedaling on gun control

Fox News host calls Trump out for backpedaling on gun control

The president, who recently advocated increasing the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon to 21, tweeted that he's "watching court cases and rulings" on the issue, adding that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

The White House said a new federal commission on school safety would examine the age limit issue. "And really strong on background checks".

The Fox News host suggested the president was pandering to the NRA instead of keeping his promise to students of Parkland, Florida, who survived a deadly mass shooting at their high school last month. So said President Trump last month assuring students, teachers and parents affected by school shootings of his resolve to find solutions to gun violence.

DeVos said that "far too often, the focus" after such tragedies "has been only on the most contentious fights, the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners".

DeVos characterized the administration's efforts as "a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called Trump's plan "tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA" and said Democratic senators would push for broader measures.

His plan does nothing to change that. He has called for raising the minimum age for purchasing an AR-15 or similar-style rifles from 18 to 21 years old. "You can buy a handgun - you can't buy one; you have to wait until you're 21". And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18.

"So how does that make sense?"

"A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us", Trump said during a February 22 listening session at the White House with teachers, students and parents.

At that meeting, Trump embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

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President Donald Trump declared not two weeks ago that he would stand up to the National Rifle Association and finally get results on quelling gun violence.

Other polling on gun control after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, found that while the rise in support for stricter gun laws wasn't confined to Republicans, it included them.

Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd be made in under a year.

Trump has mocked such commissions as something of a dead end.

"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?".

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. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line.

Trump Sunday unveiled long-awaited policy plans supposedly created to combat the plague of mass shootings in American schools.

Trump also supports expanded background checks, including those at gun shows and private sales.

Trump will call on state governments to allow law enforcement officials to obtain court orders to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe, officials said.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Trump has said. The administration has pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and is seeking to improve the background check and mental health systems.

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