By Monday, the talk was about studying the issue, not taking action.
The administration also is urging all states to pass risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, allowing law enforcement officers to remove firearms from individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others and to prevent them from purchasing new guns, Bremberg said. The president and his fellow Republicans in Congress strongly support Americans' constitutional right to own guns.
What the proposal doesn't give is support for raising the age limit to purchase certain firearms, something President Donald Trump earlier indicated he was in favor of.
It now appears that meeting was just for show. If there's one thing America has learned about Trump in the past 14 months, it's that while he might do full-throated, he doesn't do consistent or coherent. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line. A commission on school violence - led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has been a major disappointment - will likely accomplish nothing of effect.
"In fact, this incident is one of the starkest examples we've seen of this fact so far during his presidency".
"Right now the president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective, that we can do immediately, but we haven't let go of some of those other things that we are going to continue to review".
Florida last week adopted new gun regulations, triggering a federal lawsuit from the NRA to block raising the minimum age for buying long guns. Those are people such as Stephen Miller, a Trump loyalist who even some Republicans in Congress say is too extreme with which to deal.
In some ways, Sanders was making a valid political point. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has not scheduled debate for any gun-related bills. But in both groups, three-quarters or more backed stronger background checks, and 70 percent or more favored raising the age to buy guns.
Beckett: We haven't gotten a lot of details on the plan.
In a meeting with lawmakers two weeks ago, Trump said, "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18", referring to the AR-15-style assault weapon that was used to kill 17 and wound 15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on February 14. The president noted he had complained that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation didn't fight terrorism, and "they made a change", although counterterrorism has been part of its portfolio since 9/11.
The gap between expectations and delivery on the guns meeting mirrored another surreal reality show style-event that the President staged on immigration, when he came close to proposing the kind of "comprehensive" immigration bill that would outrage the conservative grass roots.
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