White House to help arm school staff


President Donald Trump said Monday that he is "watching court cases and rulings" before taking action on raising age limits for purchasing some firearms, arguing that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

President Donald Trump said he would wait for the courts to rule before acting on raising the minimum age for some gun purchases, putting off one of the more contentious gun safety measures he had backed after the latest U.S. school shooting.

The Guardian: Trump Plans To Arm Teachers But Drops Pledge On Gun Purchase Age Limit - "The Trump administration will use existing justice department funding to help train teachers and other school personnel to use firearms in an attempt to "harden" schools against mass shooting attacks, the White House announced on Sunday".

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on. He supports making it easier for state and local authorities to take guns from those deemed a danger to others.

The president quickly drew Democratic criticism over age limits. Sen.

Trump's step backwards, after two extraordinary meetings in recent weeks with NRA executives, has critics accusing him of wilting after three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history scarred his first year in office.

Where Trump's White House ended up on how to respond to school shootings is a world away from where he started. It would also stop them from buying guns, at least temporarily. And deadly gun massacres are hardly limited to schools, as the people in Las Vegas, Orlando, Charleston and other communities know. "Cowards will only go where there is no deterrent!" "Everything is on the table", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told NBC News' Today Show on Monday. The idea of raising the minimum age for rifle purchases is gone, as is any talk of a comprehensive effort to patch the holes in our background check system.

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Trump's about-face on raising the minimum age to purchase long guns to 21 came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a sweeping gun bill into law was met almost immediately by the National Rifle Association which filed a lawsuit to stop it.

DeVos declined to say how many teachers should be armed. But the Trump plan falls far short of additional steps needed to curb gun violence. We're also frustrated - yet hardly surprised - that the president has broken his promise to seek an increase in the minimum age to purchase some weapons.

Trump himself admitted in an earlier tweet that he is not now pushing age restrictions that could have prevented 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz from buying the powerful AR-15 assault rifle used on February 14 to kill 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "I think it's something you have to think about". "There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe".

But now Trump has retreated, putting forward a modest package of gun-safety measures this week that has none of the provisions opposed by the NRA that he seemed to back days earlier.

On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a gun control bill that was passed by the state's legislature.

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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