Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

White House Is Taking Steps To Ban Bump Stocks

White House Is Taking Steps To Ban Bump Stocks

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during Tuesday's press briefing that President Trump does not support the use of bump stocks and was working on actions related to their use. School safety is a top priority for my administration.

Trump said he wanted to crack down on a device that was used in the October shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.

While this isn't the first shooting at a school in 2018, something has sparked the high school students both at Majory Stoneman Douglas and throughout the USA, including teens from the DC area who organized a mass lie-in outside the White House yesterday to demand gun reform.

It has been noted by gun control advocates that many teenagers in America can legally purchase an AR-15 type assault weapon before they're eligible to vote or drink alcohol.

High school students gathered outside of the White House on February 19 for a peaceful protest about gun control five days after the devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The president said he expected the measures to be finalized "very soon".

"The key in all of these efforts, is that one can not merely take actions that make feel like they are making a difference", he said. "We must do more to protect our children", Trump said ahead of a Medal of Valor awards ceremony on Tuesday.

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While the President's comment on the issue is new, the Justice Department had announced in December, in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, that it had begun the rule-making process that could allow it to reinterpret the legality of the devices.

On Tuesday, he again cited a need for officials to do more on "mental health" and bettering coordination efforts for "swift action" when there are known warning signs that may signal potential shooters.

Separately, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said that he would reintroduce an expanded background-check bill that he and Democratic Joe Manchin attempted to usher through the Senate in 2013, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

"After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas [in 2017] I directed the Attorney General to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law". Students from the school are also planning a march on Washington on March 24. Sister rallies are set to take place around the country.

The youth-led protest movement has attracted prominent celebrity supporters, including film star George Clooney, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey then tweeted: "George and Amal, I couldn't agree with you more".

The senators introduced the bill in November after two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern USA history: the massacre in Las Vegas and another at a church in Texas in which 26 people died. Critics saw that announcement as a strategic ploy to divert attention from stricter gun control proposals.

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