President Donald Trump's plan to prevent school shootings will include measures focused on "hardening" schools, a White House official said Sunday.
During the day on Wednesday, students across the country walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and call for increased gun control, spurred on by last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.
The students warned the powerful gun lobby in their New York Times piece that they "are Generation Z, the generation after millennials.We outnumber them by almost one million and may be the largest cohort of future American spenders since the baby boomers".
Democrats and gun control advocates were quick to pounce, with Sen.
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Doug Pratt, with the Michigan Education Association says the real issue is gun violence, and says more guns in school won't solve the problem.
The planned legislation will be released Sunday, almost a month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty members.
"Some school districts may want to have guns in their classrooms, some may not want to, but we think it should be a locally made decision", Ackley said. He backed off his openness toward an assault weapons ban, support for expanded background checks, barring those who exhibit "red flags" from buying guns and raising the age to buy assault weapons to 21. And Trump is certainly no longer supporting an assault weapons ban, which he'd previously shown openness about.
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Trump met with NRA lobbyists in the Oval Office a few days later.
"Some will be legislative, some will be administrative and some will be recommendations for states as well as a task force to study this issue in more depth and make more additional policy recommendations. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)", he tweeted. The polling firm found that 67 percent of Americans support raising the minimum age for gun purchases, while only 26 percent oppose.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who offered her support as Trump expressed his backing for gun control a fortnight ago, said the president had "completely caved to the gun lobby".
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