Donald Trump is still going to let teenagers buy assault rifles
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 13, 2018,
Mar 13, 2018, 2:15
Trump's switch to more gun control follows the horrific mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL last month that took the lives of 17 people and injured many others.
Democratic lawmakers and gun-control advocates accused Trump of succumbing to pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other special interest groups. Yet, strangely, GOP leaders in Congress and NRA officials didn't make much of a fuss.
Trump and his press office previously said he would support raising the age limit. In fact, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer dismissed this as baby steps created to curry favor with the NRA.
Trump had 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 risky. The White House has not proposed offering states new funding for this training.
The president tweeted that on "18 to 21 Age Limits", he is "watching court cases and rulings before acting". Pressed by reporters about the apparent backtracking, a senior administration said the age issue was "a state-based discussion right now" and would be explored by DeVos's commission. The most encouraging part of his proposal, the President's endorsement of the "Fix NICS" act, will help ensure existing law is followed, but it does nothing to ensure all gun sales are subject to background checks.
"Bump Stocks will soon be out". "If there are 100 mass shootings next week, the Congress is not going to move on any significant new gun law".
The proposals also include encouraging retired law enforcement officers and military veterans to pursue careers in education and expanding mental health programs. It's the president whose mood is changeable. "Because you're afraid of the NRA, right?"
Word of the discussions came as Trump's outside legal team has been negotiating with USA special counsel Robert Mueller over a possible interview with the president, another person close to the situation said. Not since Edith Wilson effectively ran the government for more than a year after her husband, Woodrow, suffered a stroke in 1919 has the president of the United States been this irrelevant to the formulation of public policy. Had he stood up and decided that enough is enough and that some meaningful limits needed to be imposed, he likely could have convinced enough members of his own party to win congressional approval.
Trump also hired Cobb to serve as the White House's point person on the Russian probe, preparing documents requested by Mueller and managing requests to interview White House staff.
"Whether it's a young single mom in Florida or a grandmother in Ohio, Hillary wants them to be defenceless, wants to take away any chance they have of survival".
President Trump reaffirmed his confidence in the legal team protecting him against allegations that his campaign had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. "By taking two giant steps back for every one small step forward, this proposal simply fails to meet the moment".