Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump says watching courts before acting on gun age limits

Trump says watching courts before acting on gun age limits

President Donald Trump said he would wait for the courts to rule before acting on raising the minimum age for some gun purchases, putting off one of the more contentious gun safety measures he had backed after the latest United States school shooting.

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)". 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. Recent polls have shown that a majority of American adults 67 percent 71 percent support raising the age for all gun purchases to 21.

As for federal age limits on gun purchases, it only said the government would form a special commission on school safety, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in charge. And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18.

"But he can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen", she said.

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"No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood", said Sessions.

"The families and students suffering from the heartbreak of gun violence deserve real leadership, not a White House that cravenly tiptoes around the NRA", House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

Other polling on gun control after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, found that while the rise in support for stricter gun laws wasn't confined to Republicans, it included them. Also known as gun violence restraining orders, the proposal has earned the backing of conservatives, who see it as a way to curb the threat of those who raise red flags while respecting the Second Amendment and avoiding more general bans.

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a disappointing plan aimed at reducing gun violence in the nation's schools. "Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is a shameful abdication of the president's responsibility to lead", Sen. 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.

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Trump ignored their outstretched hand on universal background checks and started talking more about arming teachers.

From the parts of the plan that you're describing that are there and those that are not, it sounds like an NRA-approved school safety plan. The problem, this Republican says, is that Trump rushed into the debate with gut instincts but little grasp of gun policy. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that is created to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize state-based grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students.

That wasn't all. Trump said he'd rather confiscate weapons from someone suspected of mental illness first and deal with due process later.

Even for a man who changes his policy views as often as most people change their socks, President Donald Trump's weekend roundabout on the guns and schools was head-spinning.

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