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Trump Won't Support Raising Minimum Gun Age To 21

14 March 2018

The US President Donald Trump is being accused of bowing to pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA), after backing away from measures which would raise the minimum age for buying guns. The moves come during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at a Florida school, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle. On Sunday, the White House released its proposal, which focuses on arming teachers and doesn't mention raising the age limit for assault rifle purchases, which Trump supports. 'I think what Senator Feinstein is asking there - when we talk about just DACA, we don't want to be back here two years later.

"His remarks at this meeting were intensely revealing precisely because they showed once again that Trump is nearly wholly devoid of core beliefs", she wrote in the National Review.

"I was hopeful that we would be able to get the president's support to pass common sense gun safety measures", the Florida Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." But the action at the White House is taking is creating a federal commission to talk about this stuff more and punting a lot of the most controversial issues including age limits to this commission, which is of course the opposite of taking action - it is in fact just engaging in more talk. In the days after the mass shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the President demanded ambitious plans to tackle gun violence.

"President Trump has made great strides in fulfilling his promise to defeat ISIS and tackle the threat of terror around the world", the White House said yesterday in a statement. 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. After that meeting, the NRA's chief lobbyist announced Trump had abandoned his most aggressive plans on guns.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that "arbitration was won in the President's favor" regarding the case. Meanwhile, CNN notes that the 60 Minutes interview that Stormy allegedly taped could potentially air on Sunday.

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence".

What the proposal doesn't give is support for raising the age limit to purchase certain firearms, something President Donald Trump earlier indicated he was in favor of.

The NRA supports the idea of allowing armed teachers in schools. It cited the suspension of Pakistan's security aid as an example of Trump telling the US' allies that they can not be America's friends while supporting or condoning terror.

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"In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump called on representatives of over 50 Muslim-majority nations to do more to combat terror and extremist ideology", it said.

"He's talking about Congress who actually has the ability to make law, not online polls", Sanders said.

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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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Trump Won't Support Raising Minimum Gun Age To 21