Trump calls for action to stop mass shootings in US

Trump calls for action to stop mass shootings in US

President Donald Trump launched into a freewheeling, televised strategy session with lawmakers over the issue of guns by declaring that he will unilaterally bar so-called "bump stocks" and asking Congress to send him one "terrific" bill aimed at reducing gun violence.

The NRA leadership, which has generally supported Trump, and spent more than $30m helping get him elected, tentatively pushed back against the president on Wednesday night. Joe Manchin of West Virginia wrote bipartisan legislation on the subject and Trump appears to consider it the main bill Congress should build on.

Democrats say Congress needs to do more, including expanding background checks to cover online sales and gun shows.

Bump stocks - Instead of focusing on legislation to classify bump stocks as machine gun parts, the president said he'll do it with an executive order.

The session came weeks after a deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and spurred fresh calls for action to tighten gun restrictions.

Hours before the summit, Democrats called on Trump to back expanded background checks, throwing their weight behind a measure that failed to advance through Congress after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Democrats also want to allow family members or law enforcement to apply for protective orders to take guns away from people who show "credible signs" of harming themselves or others.

They're making their case in a letter to Trump before the president hosts a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss school safety and possible gun legislation.

Rep. Steve Scalise says people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be held accountable after it didn't act on a tip about the man who later allegedly killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., echoed those concerns at the White House meeting, telling Trump there are "great differences of opinion" about whether "having teachers armed with guns firing at a mass shooter is the answer".

In 2013, just months after the Sandy Hook tragedy, a version of the legislation was proposed by Sens.

Among those at the White House Wednesday were Sens.

"We stand ready and eager to work with you to find common ground and close these unsafe loopholes", said the letter also signed by Murphy and U.S. Sens.

She says that "on this, it's life and death right away".

A bipartisan group of nine senators is reintroducing legislation that would prevent individuals on terrorism watch lists from buying guns.

Pelosi is doubtful, though, about prospects for banning certain semi-automatic weapons she described as assault weapons, saying "practically anything short of that is what we would expect" to pass.

President Donald Trump says political leaders sometimes need to buck the National Rifle Association.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania acknowledges the bill he's sponsoring with Democratic Sen. GOP leaders aren't eager to let the bill eat up Senate floor time unless it can pass, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, is saying it's unlikely that the measure will come to a vote anytime soon without a clearer path to passage.

Trump - at a White House meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday - accused Toomey of being afraid of the NRA because his bill doesn't seek to raise the minimum age for young people to buy an assault weapon. He says gun-free zones around schools are "proven targets of killers".

Now, in the wake of the February 14 high school shooting, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other top Democrats think that Trump could help muscle through a measure that has always been opposed by the National Rifle Association and many Republican lawmakers. "Respect 2nd Amendment!" on the constitutional right to bear arms.

Lawmakers should focus on "fixing the broken mental health system, strengthening background checks to ensure the records of people who are prohibited from possessing firearms are in the (National Instant Criminal Background Check) system, securing our schools and preventing the dangerously mentally ill from accessing firearms", Baker added.

Montana Republican Steve Daines, who was one of the senators in the meeting, told Business Insider he disagreed with Trump's idea.

Television personality Geraldo Rivera is expressing skepticism that President Donald Trump will achieve any new gun control measures.

While some Republicans objected to new age limits and some Democrats questioned the wisdom of arming teachers, all pledged to work with Trump to try and get something done.

Murphy disputed Trump's optimism, telling the president, "I think you underestimate the power of the gun lobby". The bill would offer money for law enforcement and school staff training, campus infrastructure upgrades and mental health resources. And he's reaffirming support for raising the age to 21 for purchasing some firearms.

Robert McBride, a member of the NRA from Roscoe, Texas, said he was also troubled by Trump's idea to take away guns before a court ruling. He says if Trump sends a proposal to Congress "and sends his people up here to forcefully lobby for universal background checks, they will pass".

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