However, the Trump administration's school safety plans announced on Sunday closely aligned with National Rifle Association (NRA) positions, featuring proposals to train teachers to carry guns in schools while neglecting to raise the age for buying guns from 18 to 21. Its idea to arm teachers is so controversial that most Republicans in Congress don't support it. This follows reports that calls came into the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line warning about 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, prior to his shooting and killing 17 people last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. A HuffPost/YouGov poll taken soon after Trump's initial comments shows that most of the nation, including much of the GOP, was willing to go along with numerous gun control measures he briefly supported. "This president is still laying out other priorities that he would like to see talked about and implemented, whether we have to do that on a state level". You have to have security.' Trump responded: 'I think that's what she's saying.' 'No, I think she's saying something different, ' McCarthy said.
"WE'RE GOING to get things done". "President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby", said Sen.
No deadline was set for the commission's recommendations, but officials expected them within a year. It's just such a striking fact of the American gun control debate that this whole issue is being discussed around arming schools.
She said the White House was focused on what it could do immediately, also noting that former President Obama was not able to do anything on gun control.
In a call with reporters Sunday evening, administration officials described the plan as a fulfilment of Trump's call for action in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead. On Saturday night, the president was at a rally in Pennsylvania and mocked the idea of blue ribbon commissions as an approach to dealing with drug abuse. Trump said. "The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness".
The president's tweets suggest that there is not enough political support for raising the federal minimum age to 21. "But I'm saying it anyway", Trump said in a February 28 meeting with lawmakers. Trump, who runs the government as if it were a proxy for only his most fervent fans, seemed to go wobbly on the issue.
Instead, the White House reiterated its support for improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check through the "Fix NICS" bill, which would penalize federal agencies that don't properly report required records and reward states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences.
The administration also is urging all states to pass risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, allowing law enforcement officers to remove firearms from individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others and to prevent them from purchasing new guns, Bremberg said. Over the objection of some of his advisers, Trump said he wanted stronger background checks before anyone could buy guns and told Attorney General Jeff Sessions to start work on banning bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to function like automatic ones.