Local residents show their support as students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 28, 2018. Others would have banned bump stocks and created a new court order of protection to bar people considered to be a danger to themselves or others from possessing or buying guns. If we want to get bogged down again, do nothing?
But Rivera, a Trump ally, scolded the president on Twitter for appearing to back away from the proposal.
"I like taking the guns early", said Trump, adding, "Take the guns first, go through due process second".
Trump has endorsed training and arming 20 percent of teachers and ending "gun free zones" around schools and elsewhere.
The confessed gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, legally obtained the AR-15 rifle allegedly used in the attack that left 17 students and faculty dead and more than a dozen others wounded.
Had Trump "not ran on support of the Second Amendment", Hammond said, "he would not be president of the United States". When Toomey said it wouldn't, Trump responded, "Because you're afraid of the NRA, right?"
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"Is anyone ok with this, because I'm sure as hell not", Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted on Thursday. But Trump on multiple occasions has denied that he is racist, most recently in January, after he became frustrated with lawmakers in the Oval Office while they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
Still, the televised discussion allowed Trump to play the role of potential dealmaker.
During a bi-partisan meeting with Congress, the president crossed both party lines and the NRA.
Scalise tells reporters the Federal Bureau of Investigation had the Florida shooter's name "on a silver platter" and says "there are people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation that chose to let this go". John Cornyn and Chris Murphy, but even that measure faced some GOP opposition.
A few minutes later, Trump effectively killed a House-passed gun bill that House Republican leaders have been pressing for the Senate to approve. The concealed carry provision, as Trump indicated, can not pass in the Senate and is the main reason the House and Senate haven't yet agreed on legislation improving background checks.
Trump then spoke of the power of lobbying.
Trump said he told NRA officials during a private luncheon on Sunday: "It's time". "We have to stop this nonsense".
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Trump has said he is disturbed by the level of violence he has seen in video games and movies accessible to children like his son Barron, age 12. After the meeting, Murphy told reporters: "I'm anxious that this was the beginning and the end of the president's advocacy on this issue".
Sanders is declining to offer any specifics on what the White House may propose. The NRA quickly reacted to that exchange, strongly disagreeing with the president.
"I thought it made for really good TV, but I thought some of what was discussed is going to make for really bad policy that is not going to protect our kids", NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said on Fox News. "It would be so attractive to have one bill that everyone could support", he said. The concealed carry measure is the gun lobby's top legislative priority. "I just don't think you're going to get it approved, you're not going to get concealed carry approved", Trump said.
Among those at the meeting were Sens. One such proposal, drafted by Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, is primarily focused on expanding background checks for gun purchases. It had failed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
Though Trump on Monday did not mention his earlier idea for increasing the minimum age for rifle purchases, he said he wants to toughen the Cornyn bill with stricter background checks, a change the NRA has opposed.
Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, told the president it did not. "You can't be petrified", Trump said. When they replied to not addressing the issue, the president was quoted saying it was because they were afraid of the NRA. He encouraged them to pass a comprehensive bill that would raise the age limit for purchasing guns from 18 to 21, something the NRA has said it opposes.
"What crossed everybody's mind is this the Tuesday Trump or the Thursday Trump?" "You went through a lot of presidents and didn't get it done".
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