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Trump Defends White House Gun Proposals That Back Off New Age Limit

Trump Defends White House Gun Proposals That Back Off New Age Limit

Shortly after the shooting, President Donald Trump said he was not afraid to buck the National Rifle Association, and said he would support raising the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons from 18 to 21.

In what may be seen as an exceptionally rare move for Trump, however, he appears to admit defeat on at least one key point in his gun-control plan: raising the minimum age to buy certain firearms from 18 to 21.

Trump and his press office previously said he would support raising the age limit.

The new law raises the gun-buying age to 21.

Rather, the president is establishing a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, that will explore possible solutions, such as the age requirement for purchases, officials said.

Teachers across the country responded to that call in late February using the hashtag #ArmMeWith, asking instead for common-sense gun control laws, better mental health services in schools, and a new secretary of education. He argues that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

Astros Manager A.J. Hinch spoke and thanked President Trump for welcoming them to the White House.

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In terms of legislation, the President's plans include supporting the bipartisan "Fix NICS" bill, and another plan backed by members of both parties to send more money to the states to help schools prepare for possible threats.

The World Series-winning Astros visited the White House on Monday - well, most of them. Policies that would have very little relevance to America's broader gun violence problem - like the fight over banning bump stocks after Las Vegas, or the fight over whether to bar people on terror watch lists from owning guns after Orlando - get outsized national attention. The Department of Justice will also aim to provide assistance to state and local law enforcement efforts to train teachers. Armed guards OK, deterrent!.

"Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama and so many other places were affected, and we're standing by all of them", said Trump, whose response to last fall's hurricanes was criticized by some.

The Golden State Warriors, who clashed with the president nearly immediately after their most recent title, famously said they would not visit the White House, then Trump rescinded the invitation. It's just such a striking fact of the American gun control debate that this whole issue is being discussed around arming schools. The president chose not to endorse another bill introduced in the Senate that would extend background checks to gun purchases made online and at gun shows.

The White House's announcement follows a familiar pattern for Trump.

Trump tweeted Monday about the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's backing of state lawmaker Rick Saccone for Congress. Trump says Saccone "will be much better for steel and business". President Trump is supporting legislation and reforms to strengthen the background checks system and law enforcement operations.