Trump pulls back from big changes to gun laws

Trump pulls back from big changes to gun laws
U.S. President Donald Trump will support a modest set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country’s latest mass school shooting. Grace Lee reports.
President Donald Trump’s school safety proposal was revealed on Sunday (March 11), which includes arming teachers and faculty, but pulls back from some of the more sweeping changes he considered last month.

The legislation aims at providing more data for the background check system, a database of people who are not legally allowed to buy guns.


“If we see a sicko, I don’t want him having a gun.”

White house officials are calling the plan “pragmatic.”

Trump is stepping back from more contentious proposals, such as raising the minimum age to buy guns to 21 or background checks for guns bought at gun shows or the Internet.

Those will be studied by a commission led by education secretary Betsy DeVos.

The Justice Department will also give grants to states that want to train teachers to carry guns in school.

It’s an idea already in place in a small number of states and backed by the NRA.

Trump has said he believes armed teachers would deter school shootings, and vowed to take action after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last month.

A former student is accused of using an assault-style rifle to carry out the massacre.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer laid into Trump’s plan on Twitter late Sunday (March 11), calling it “tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA” and said Democratic senators would push for further gun control.


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  1. But Trump didn't throw out the one thing that will cause him to lose reelection, which is the ban on bump stocks and about 20 other gun accessories. When millions of people that voted for Trump are suddenly felons for owning one of these devices, how many of them will vote for him again? ZERO.

  2. He was so close to doing the right thing with guns, and then the NRA spoke up and he did what every Republican does – he sold the kids out.

  3. this issue is a sticky one , the ownership of weapons means who and what is responsible . so when theres a down turn one can blame the other or credit

  4. You cannot legally buy a gun online from a dealer without going through a background check , you cannot legally ship a gun through the the mail to someone without an federal firearms license, the key word here is legally. Gun legislation is only going to be followed by the people who obey the existing laws. Especially the one that says that you may not legally murder people. As soon as you ignorant lefties realize this then we can have a rational consensus on what we can do as neighbors, as a community and as nation it try and stop these insane people from doing horrific things.

  5. The solutions are so clear the republikkklan party are no more than NRA employees and nothing will be done about automatic assault weapons till we get democrats in power you like mass shooting on an annual basis keep these republikkklans in power Donald Trump is no more than a coward and a big bluff who listens to the last.person who speaks to him

  6. Of corce he has all.that tough talk was just that talk the first thing after thoughts and prayers comes the distractions the armed teachers bullet proof backpacks and other bullshit distractions anything to protect the automatic assault weapon until the next mass shooting you.can almost predict them

  7. who didn't see this coming, trump pays lip service to everyone, but in the end he's a slave to big business, lobbyists, as are most politicians these days sadly…

  8. Trump is the most stupid person and president in the entire universe, his brains don't work right. Our schools and children is not a "War Zone." We have to have gun control and our teachers don't need guns.

  9. What’s the statistics the NRA never wants you to know is that your more likely to die by the very gun you are considering to purchase.

  10. It’s almost laughable that this is all we’re going to do after these shootings. I guess it’s time to vote then.


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