Pres. Trump says 'We have to do something' about guns

02 March, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn a Republican from Texas center left speaks while U.S. President Donald Trump right listens during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington D.C

Republicans are skeptical that anything will change. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle question whether the president will follow through.

Lucas was speaking to us after a White House meeting yesterday (February 28), during which Trump reportedly said he wants to stop the mentally ill from owning guns, increase background checks on would-be gun owners and restrict young people from owning certain fiorearms. "I'm glad that it, like, brought us together. instead of dragging us apart", said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Destiny Briceno.

"I'm not sure I understand the 21 age". "But I do want to take all reasonable steps to make it more hard for those who shouldn't have guns in the first place, to obtain them".

"I don't know yet whether that was just a performance or whether that is actually the new position of the White House", said Sen.

In Trump's live broadcast meeting, he chastised Republican senators for fearing the NRA, and apparently endorsed Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's proposal to ban assault-style weapons, as well as Sen.

"The reason that nothing's gotten done here is because the gun lobby has had a veto power over any legislation that comes before Congress", Mr Murphy said.

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President Donald Trump meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. During Wednesday's meeting, Trump was non-committal on the issue, saying "We could work on that". It was part of a broader package that stalled in the Senate because it included expanded gun rights by requiring states to recognize conceal-carry permits issued by other states.

Loesch didn't seem optimistic about the potential for Congress to pass a bill that improves school safety while protecting gun rights.

"You can lead on this as nobody else can", said Rep. Brian Mast, a Florida Republican who lost his legs in Afghanistan and who recently called for a ban on the sort of assault weapons he used in combat.

"Thoughts and prayers are not enough" anymore, Dick's Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said in a statement.

Walmart Inc. stopped selling AR-15 guns and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has found new momentum since it was first introduced after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that left 20 children dead.

In a Senate speech Thursday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, said any new legislation needs to close gaps in the monitoring of disturbed people posing threats to schools, signs that were missed in the Florida shooting. It failed to gain sufficient support to advance in the Senate in 2013 and again in 2015. But a White House spokesperson insisted Tuesday that the president still supported the idea.

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Trump later went back to Toomey and Manchin, asking how their bill - which was focused on background checks - dealt with setting a minimum age for buying a rifle.

"They have told me they are reconsidering", Toomey said. "It does feel as though the atmosphere has changed. If you add concealed carry to this you'll never get it passed", he pushed. And so if that keeps happening, we'll have to call them on it and we will say, 'If you're going to be there for us on these gun violence victims, you can't just say the words.

He ended the gathering by telling lawmakers that he'd rather see legislation that's too strong than too weak.

Two senators attending the meeting at the White House, Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin, are promoting a bill to expand background checks. As with immigration, the House may wait until the Senate can demonstrate that a piece of legislation can get the 60 votes needed there to advance. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly rejected such checks.

"I think he was referring to members of Congress generally", Toomey said.

President Trump surprised Republicans and Democrats alike Wednesday, in pushing for several measures that would strengthen gun control.

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