However, the Trump administration's school safety plans announced on Sunday closely aligned with National Rifle Association (NRA) positions, featuring proposals to train teachers to carry guns in schools while neglecting to raise the age for buying guns from 18 to 21. In televised meetings with lawmakers, survivors of recent school shootings and the families of victims, Trump made a strong case for arming teachers and for increasing the age for purchasing long guns. A HuffPost/YouGov poll taken soon after Trump's initial comments shows that most of the nation, including much of the GOP, was willing to go along with numerous gun control measures he briefly supported.
When the White House unveiled its school safety plan Sunday night, the only mention of the age proposal was that it would be one of 11 issues a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would study. And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18. "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's risky retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president.
"No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood", said Sessions. Because for example with the age limit question as you've reported the president, he's not taking on that issue head on anymore but instead assigning that to a new federal commission on school safety chaired by Secretary DeVos.
The gun-rights organization has already sued Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed legislation raising the minimum age to 21. And deadly gun massacres are hardly limited to schools, as the people in Las Vegas, Orlando, Charleston and other communities know.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to debate a bill that would invest $50 million a year to help education and law enforcement officials reduce the chances of gun violence at schools.
The president on Monday also repeated his criticism of keeping guns out of schools, tweeting: "If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter". This part of the of Trump's previous proposals is not in the plan.
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"Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is a shameful abdication of the president's responsibility to lead".
"Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's unsafe retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president. "Clearly, the NRA was more persuasive than I was". But now they've reached a happy accommodation: Trump says whatever he wants while he's playing the president on TV, and his staff and GOP members of Congress ignore him and construct the policies dictated by their conservative ideology.
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".
The administration's proposals includes backing the so-called Fix NICS bill, which seeks to improve National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control.
On Saturday, the Justice Department submitted a regulation to ban bump stocks - devices that turn semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns - that would not require congressional approval.