United States gun control: Trump accused of bowing to NRA pressure

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. for a day trip to suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally supporting Republican candidate

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. Thomson Reuters

President Donald Trump has backflipped on a promise to bring in stricter gun measures, instead throwing his support to putting more firearms in schools. But it punts the issue of gun control to a commission, headed by his pro-gun Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to review. She was on Today with Savannah Guthrie. How clear is the plan on this issue?

"You went through a lot of Presidents and you didn't get it done".

Hogg also pointed out that talk about gun control, in the absence of meaningful action, is just that: talk. How is this even possible?'

President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds risky, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.

Earlier Monday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said raising the age limit for the purchase of some firearms wasn't completely off the table, though the Trump administration dropped its support for the restrictions. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he does not support raising the age to purchase long guns, such as AR-15 rifles that have been used in numerous recent mass shootings. That is not the case. "There is broad-based support for raising the gun age limit".

After all, major legislation that has passed during his presidency - like tax reform for instance - was largely driven from inside Congress, with the President offering support but not dictating the shape of proposed laws.

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"You're afraid of the NRA".

Trump also called on states to pass temporary, court-issued Risk Protection Orders, which allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms.

And that's a policy that was developed by scientists and mental health experts five years ago after Sandy Hook. Different states, California, Washington, Oregon, has pushed this policy forward in recent years. He's not pushing Congress, he's pushing on the states, but this will potentially give Republicans at the state level cover to come behind this measure which really could have a real effect on saving lives.

While public polls show overwhelming support for action on guns, private polls conducted for Republicans show Trump's strongest supporters have little interest in that. Earlier this month, the U.S. said the move would take place to coincide with Israel's 70th birthday.

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.

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Trump's embrace of another commission appears at odds with comments he made Saturday night mocking their use, at least when it comes to fighting drug addiction.

"I think we could all see it coming".

Trump was endorsed by the NRA in his 2016 presidential election campaign.

"They're still outlined in the plan", Sanders said. He is impossible to follow, in more ways than one. So again, they talk on making steps forward. Just 12 percent of Republicans felt the president was going too far.

The proposal to raise the minimum age for buying guns from 18 to 21 was not part of a modest set of Trump administration school safety plans, which were announced on Sunday and closely aligned with National Rifle Association (NRA) positions.

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