His plan does ask states to pass what are known as extreme risk protection orders, whereby authorities can grab back guns from risky people.
"Quite simply, there is no rock bottom for Trump to hit in which he realizes the error of his ways and shifts course", Cohen, the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division, wrote in a column for The Boston Globe.
The climbdown was striking.
After all, Trump signaled support to senators last fall for a bill to prop up the Affordable Care Act until he backtracked the next day. Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, for not including the age hike in a gun bill.
In a call with reporters Sunday evening, administration officials described the plan as a fulfilment of Trump's call for action in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead. They represent a near-total capitulation to the gun lobby Trump claimed to have the courage to confront.
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She made the case that Trump was focusing on proposals that had the most support, while continuing to push for other measures.
"You why know?" Trump said to Toomey.
The NRA and like-minded gun-rights groups were willing to let the gun debate play out, knowing inertia was on their side. That means it's up to the states to take meaningful steps on gun issues.
NRA leaders put up a pro forma fight. It's certainly not universal ― gun groups like the NRA still hold significant political sway, and their membership reportedly spiked after Parkland, as it has during past shootings. The reality is, it could be helpful. "It was beyond special - for each of these moments it's hard to find the words to adequately describe them". It was good for membership sign-ups.
The centerpiece of the administration's plan is Trump's vow to "harden our schools against attack".
Trump announced he would not support raising the minimum federal age for purchasing an assault weapon to 21 and laid out his reasoning for that decision on Twitter Monday.
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The Florida law doesn't go as far as we'd like.
Then Trump began to backpedal.
Trump met with NRA lobbyists in the Oval Office a few days later.
Yet that fearlessness was missing in action Monday when the White House blamed the deadlock of that same system for the paucity of his ambition as it rolled out its response to the Florida high school massacre. "Everything is on the table", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told NBC News' Today Show on Monday.
Democrats were, of course, frustrated.
As former President Barack Obama began charting his course to the presidency, GOP support for gun control plummeted, thanks to rhetoric from the NRA that stoked fears about sweeping gun restrictions but often seemed disproportionate to the reforms Obama actually proposed. "In doing so, the president stood up for the global norms against the use of chemical weapons", the White House said.
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"But he can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen", she said.