Trump Urges Congress to Take Action on Guns

Glen Norman
March 2, 2018

The comment came during an exchange Trump had with Sen. If lawmakers have whiplash, one must imagine that the National Rifle Association leadership - after having lunch with the President at the White House on Sunday - might have wondered what was going on at the White House on Wednesday. "We have to do background checks". Authorities said the AR-15 he used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was purchased legally.

Republicans in Congress remain divided over how to address gun violence and whether to open debate on improving the background check database for gun buyers.

Answer: According to Trump, Sen. Pat Toomey has reiterated his support for the 2013 proposal he crafted with West Virginia Democrat Sen. The current system requires background checks for purchases from gun dealers but not on weapons bought at gun shows or in private transactions.

Despite the NRA's fierce opposition to the plan, and the failure of every recent proposal to tighten gun laws, Trump suggested that coming up with a comprehensive bill could win far more than the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. "You're afraid of the NRA right?" "Half of you are so afraid of the NRA", Trump chided.

Mr Trump said he was still a "big" fan of the NRA.

After President Donald Trump notably taunted one US senator pushing a gun bill by saying the lawmaker was "afraid of the NRA", Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized the bill as too weak because it doesn't include a universal background check. To prevent this exact scenario repeating, Cornyn is proposing that the so-called Fix NICS bill, which beefs up the federal criminal background check registry, be put forward as the base bill. When asked about the bill on Tuesday, Sen. "I think that he was just stating as a leader he would've stepped in and hopefully been able to help", Sanders said during a White House press conference (Feb. 26).

That's something President Donald Trump supports. I'm going to write the bump stock - essentially write it out. "Shortly that will be gone".

Trump also heard from a Colorado state lawmaker who survived the 1999 shooting rampage at a high school there that left 13 dead; two founders of a gun control organization formed in the wake of a 2012 shooting at a CT elementary school that killed 26 people; and a man who confronted the shooter a year ago at a Texas church where 26 were left dead.

Trump also told lawmakers people who are mentally ill should never be allowed to have guns.

The students also met with Speaker Ryan, telling him they want an assault weapons ban in addition to a ban on high-capacity magazines.

"Rather than just passing one narrow bill and moving on, we Democrats intend to push our Republican colleagues to have a real debate on gun safety", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY told reportersTuesday, according to Politico.

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