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Why Trump's modest proposal on guns still might not happen in Congress

13 March 2018

Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen.

"If you're going to spend an off-day doing something, other than relaxing, I think the White House is a pretty good gig", Keuchel said. I'm asking why he chickened out.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that it was "wrong" to say he was unhappy with the legal team handling the Russian Federation matter and considering adding another lawyer. President Trump promised to be bold and save lives.

The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib says President Trump's credibility with the NRA puts him in a unique position. Under the plan, the federal government will work with states to provide voluntary "rigorous" firearms training for "specially qualified" school personnel. "States are making this decision", Trump wrote Monday, making an apparent reference to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a state law requiring gun buyers be 21 and imposing a three-day waiting period on most gun purchases. The president, who wields the power of the bully pulpit, conceded raising the age limit did not have "much" political support. But just a second ago we heard DeVos say well a lot of these questions should be hashed out by the states.

The White House said the commission also would study the impact of video games and press coverage on shootings, while also examining whether to repeal some Obama era programs.

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"Right now the president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective that we can do immediately", Sanders said.

She placed blame for the inaction on Capitol Hill.

"President Trump sort of made an example of Republican senators that are afraid of crossing the NRA", Rucker stated.

The President insisted last month that he would "give very serious thought" to age restrictions.

Now nearly one month later, and Trump is working to increase the age limit on certain gun purchases and also encouraging states to allow trained school staff to carry concealed weapons. 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.

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Still, Trump argued that this was progress. He said on Twitter: "Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House". He added that an effort to bar bump stock devices was coming and that "Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law".

Earlier Monday, Turmp tweeted that "Armed guards OK, deterrent!" - although Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after not rushing into the school as gunman Nikolas Cruz unloaded his AR-15. He's also met and spoken with the heads of the powerful National Rifle Association.

The Trump administration says it wants to change the way background checks are conducted when purchasing certain guns.

While the proposal may not have sufficient backing among Republicans in Congress, it is supported by a large majority of the electorate.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead.

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Why Trump's modest proposal on guns still might not happen in Congress