Shepard Smith Isn't Letting Trump Off The Hook For Gun Control Reversal

Shepard Smith Isn't Letting Trump Off The Hook For Gun Control Reversal

Shepard Smith Isn't Letting Trump Off The Hook For Gun Control Reversal

Donald Trump, who last month chided fellow Republicans for being "petrified" of the National Rifle Association (NRA), is under growing pressure after seemingly caving in to the powerful gun lobby group's demands.

In a meeting with lawmakers two weeks ago, Trump said, "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18", referring to the AR-15-style assault weapon that was used to kill 17 and wound 15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on February 14. "They have less power over me".

Next, Sanders was asked why Trump called for the creation of the aforementioned commission to study gun violence in schools just hours after he mocked commissions of that sort during a rally in Pennsylvania.

Other potential topics include the North Korea negotiations, the Republican resistance to the tariffs, and the announcement from British Prime Minister Theresa May today that it's "highly likely" Russian Federation was behind the poisoning of a former spy.

Almost one month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the White House is announcing its plan on new gun measures. "Armed guards OK, deterrent", Trump tweeted Monday morning. "The team pulled together very well, they came back from the storm, they put "Houston Strong" on their shirts, and came back and started helping right away". He also urged states to pass laws that would allow the temporary seizure of firearms from people deemed to be unsafe to themselves or others.

But in a move sure to please the gun lobby, the plan does not include a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21, which President Donald Trump had repeatedly championed.

Sanders said that under our Federalist system, some things that the White House or Congress can not get done should be left for states to decide, and that Trump will and has pressed states to enact his agenda.

"We can't just write things down and make them law". Instead of holding everything back until we can get some of those other pieces done, we're pushing forward on the things that have support, that can be accomplished immediately, and then we're working through the process to see what we can do to get the other things done. The objective of the group he is forming, he told TIME in an interview Monday, is to ensure that Congress passes a gun control package by the end of the year - that both contains and builds on provisions in the bill Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law last week - while maintaining support for the Second Amendment. Nonetheless, Trump tweeted earlier Monday that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)" for the proposal. 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. 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' commission.

It made no mention of expanding the vetting of firearms buyers to sales online and at gun shows, another idea previously floated by the White House.

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"To no one's surprise, the president's words of support for stronger gun safety laws proved to be hollow".

Montana's Sen. Steve Daines was among the GOP lawmakers who reached out to the administration with worries about what was said, conveying his concerns to the White House's legislative staff.

Hoffman declined to specify who was involved or he had spoken with about the endeavor, explaining that he wanted to reveal more information later in the month, but said he had held conversations with over 50 people. DeVos had trouble answering simple questions regarding her department in an interview with Leslie Stahl that aired on Sunday's edition of 60 Minutes, and was ridiculed by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a short visit to the school last week. He later told others in the White House that he wanted to support only legislation that could pass. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "He knows they are an important ally". He also raised eyebrows by suggesting that law enforcement officials should be able to confiscate guns from those they deem a safety risk even before a court has weighed in.

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. Both are broadly popular on Capitol Hill, although a handful of Republican senators are objecting to speedy passage of the background check bill. It's time for the Trump Administration to drop the NRA talking points and get serious about engaging in a real discussion about school safety, which entails talking about positive school climates.

Trump drew some Republican backing, with Sen.

"Why did he talk about it so favorably in the public meeting?"

The NRA did not return a request for comment on the president's proposals on Monday. That's something that I don't have a lot of opinion on that.

Some of the players and managers said they were honoured to be at the White House. "I'm not particularly opposed to that, but there would have to be tremendous training and tremendous effort to make that work".

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