Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

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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.

The Guardian: Trump Plans To Arm Teachers But Drops Pledge On Gun Purchase Age Limit - "The Trump administration will use existing justice department funding to help train teachers and other school personnel to use firearms in an attempt to "harden" schools against mass shooting attacks, the White House announced on Sunday".

That's just the latest contradiction from the president on guns.

Gun control advocates said the reason for Trump's retreat is obvious: He caved to the National Rifle Association.

The proposals advanced in a White House plan revealed Sunday included little that would bother the NRA.

Almost a month after the Florida high school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that he is "watching court cases and rulings" before taking action on raising age limits for purchasing some firearms, arguing that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

We saw a similar unraveling of compromise play out in a January immigration debate. On Twitter, Trump indicated it was a matter for the states to consider.

Dianne Feinstein hit back against President Donald Trump's school safety plan Monday, calling him out for caving to the gun lobby and for backing away from his support for raising the federal minimum purchasing age for a firearm to 21. He said an assault weapons ban was worth talking about. They launched a news conference the very next day on Capitol Hill to unveil their gun-control wish list, hoping to build on the momentum the president had just given them. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, dismissed the measures as "baby steps designed not to upset NRA". "Many of us pleasantly".

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"The president has rallied world powers in support of increasing economic and diplomatic pressure".

The NRA supports the idea of allowing armed teachers in schools.

Second, strengthening background checks and prevention.

Along those lines and to his credit, Trump also called on states to pass court-issued Risk Protection Orders - the so-called "red flag orders- that allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms".

Pretty much the same pattern played out a few months ago when Congress was trying to come up with an immigration deal to protect "dreamers" from deportation. The bill would help officials create teams to better detect plans for violent acts before they occur and implement anonymous reporting systems for students. "So what he is pushing forward are things that can be immediately accomplished either through the administration or that have broad-based bipartisan support in Congress". We've heard many times that he's inevitably persuaded by the last person he talks to, but there, too, "persuaded" isn't the right way to think about it.

Trump has said he was personally moved by the shooting - and by the persistent and impassioned calls for action from some of the teenage survivors as well as parents of the victims - and elevated the issue of school safety in his administration.

"His initiative basically amounts to a big nothing", he said of Trump.

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