How a Top Republican Donor Is Pushing Congress to Pass Gun Control

Larry Hoffman
March 13, 2018

The White House insists President Donald Trump still wants to raise the minimum purchasing age for assault weapons.

But Trump backed off that stance in recent weeks, following lobbying at the White House by officials from the NRA. He added that an effort to bar bump stock devices was coming and that "Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law". Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!.

The White House has deferred some of the more contentious proposals, including raising the minimum purchase age, for further study by a new commission led by Betsy DeVos, the education secretary. His defenders on Capitol Hill said much the same Monday, arguing that Trump's plan was crafted in political reality, considering the composition of Congress.

On the issue of vetting gun buyers, the White House has endorsed minor legislation in Congress to improve federal and state databases used for background checks by licensed dealers. The fact that the secretary of education is now talking about whether or not teachers or students would be carrying military-style rifles within public schools - This is something that the rest of the world is looking at and saying, 'What are Americans doing? While publicly he might embrace plans that challenge his party's principles on issues like guns or immigration, the President has a tendency over time and with the help of GOP leaders and aides to realign himself with core Republican principles. No stone will be unturned.

According to reports from CNN and The Washington Post, the proposals include a few key components, including a move to provide "rigorous firearm training" for school personnel on a volunteer basis.

Almost one month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the White House is announcing its plan on new gun measures.

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.

"It's the makeup of this team that so many people around Houston are proud of", Hinch said. "I don't think the president seemed to be concerned about that, but I'm sure some of the more politically astute staff may be".

"The NRA did not want to see Congress enacting any legislation", he said. "By taking two giant steps back for every one small step forward, this proposal simply fails to meet the moment".

"Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas, and Florida and Puerto Rico and Louisiana, even Alabama, so many places were affected and we're standing by all of them", Trump said. Trump wrote in one Twitter message.

Polls since the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School show the U.S. public has turned strongly for tougher regulations.

The NRA is a generous funder of politicians, mostly Republicans, and was an enthusiastic supporter of Mr Trump's candidacy. Trump first proposed the idea after a 19-year-old man gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Parkland, in February. In an open-camera meeting with lawmakers on immigration in January, Trump appeared to agree with Democrats on a bill just to legalize dreamers without anything in exchange. The laws are endorsed by advocacy groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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