Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House hails Donald Trump's anti-terror efforts

White House hails Donald Trump's anti-terror efforts

The pipe dream of passing sweeping gun legislation met its end Sunday with the White House release of a plan that walks back Trump's support for raising the age to buy some weapons, from 18 to 21, and shelves calls for comprehensive background checks.

President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds unsafe, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.

While public polls show overwhelming support for action on guns, private polls conducted for Republicans show Trump's strongest supporters have little interest in that.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be the chairwoman of the commission, and the White House announced over the weekend plans to make schools more secure, strengthen background checks, and reform mental health programs. "He talked a really big game about what he would be supportive of, so it's disappointing to see the proposal that he put forward falls way short of what parents in my community are expecting us to do".

But on the conference call, the White House official said Trump would not be supporting raising the age limit.

"The president told the kids at Parkland, 'I'll go strong on this, I'll work on this age thing, '" Smith said.

Other polling on gun control after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, found that while the rise in support for stricter gun laws wasn't confined to Republicans, it included them.

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to debate a bill that would invest $50 million a year to help education and law enforcement officials reduce the chances of gun violence at schools.

The White House said that by suspending the security assistance to Pakistan, Trump has sent a "long overdue" message to the recipients of American foreign aid that the administration expects them to fully join the U.S. in combating terrorism.

At a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Trump criticized policy commissions while speaking about the opioid problem, saying, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees".

"Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is a shameful abdication of the president's responsibility to lead". In the control group, 61 percent of Republicans favored raising the age for gun purchases to 21; in the group with Trump's name attached, a very similar 65 percent did.

The Washington Post estimated it would cost a billion dollars to arm and train 20 percent of American teachers.

Trump has said he believes armed teachers would deter school shootings and better protect students when they happen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Christopher Murphy (D., Conn.), would implement much-needed changes to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), allocating hundreds of millions of dollars to induce state and local law enforcement to submit more of their records to the system. But now they've reached a happy accommodation: Trump says whatever he wants while he's playing the president on TV, and his staff and GOP members of Congress ignore him and construct the policies dictated by their conservative ideology. Trump has also directed the Justice Department to write new regulations banning so-called bump stocks, devices that turn firearms into machine guns.

"I like taking the guns early", Trump said at a meeting of leaders of Congress.

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