March 18, 2018

Trump Just Trashed Some Very Popular Gun Proposals

14 March 2018, 12:57 | Opal Carroll

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. Thomson Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. for a day trip to suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally supporting Republican candidate

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday pushed back against suggestions that the White House's newly-released school safety proposals amount to a retreat for President Donald Trump in the face of pressure from the National Rifle Association.

The newly signed Florida law that raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21; extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns; and bans bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire.

President Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees, officials said on Sunday under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida.

"The deranged murderer in Parkland, Florida, gave repeated warning signs that were ignored by federal and state officials".

Numerous student survivors have urged Washington to toughen restrictions on gun purchases, but such measures are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association, and the Trump plan does not include any substantial changes to gun laws. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who sat alongside Trump at the February meeting, have accused the president of backing down after holding a private meeting with top members of the NRA.

The new recommendations include a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting.

Receive stories like this everyday to your email. Instead, the administration advocates putting more guns in schools in the hands of teachers and school administrators, and says it will form a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study the issue of school safety.

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Once again, a pressing problem is being kicked down the road.

Ivanka Trump's continued relationship with the businesses affiliated with the Trump Organization creates potential conflicts of interest prohibited by federal law and federal ethics standards as she works as a special assistant to the president. Sanders said the president hasn't abandoned the proposal, but said there is little support for it on Capitol Hill.

The White House is urging Congress to pass legislation that will strengthen background checks for gun buyers and implement violence prevention programs.

The Trump administration will also provide technical assistance to states preparing temporary "risk protection orders" that allow for guns to be removed from certain individuals, said Andrew Bremberg, a presidential assistant who heads the Domestic Policy Council at the White House. A recent CNN poll found strong support for the idea, including among Republicans.

With just a couple of narrow exceptions - the most notable being trade barriers - every policy that this White House has produced has adhered strictly to conservative dogma, no matter what the president might or might not have said. Close to half even approve of Trump's admonition to "take the guns first, go through due process second" when dealing with mentally ill people who could pose a threat.

Though some conservatives might be satisfied that the president's school safety proposal keeps within traditional GOP orthodoxy on guns, Trump's initial comments troubled conservative commentator Alexandra DeSanctis.

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