During a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators held at the White House earlier this month, President Trump accused Republicans of being afraid of the NRA when it came to the issue of gun control, telling Pat Toomey (R-PA) he understood why the senator hadn’t crafted tough legislation to raise the age to own a rifle from 18 to 21:
“You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA.”
And now Trump has wimped out to the NRA, too.
After initially saying he supported much stricter regulations on guns, Trump is now planning to propose a series of proposals that fall in line with those the NRA has been advocating. The Washington Post reports:
“Responding directly to last month’s gun massacre at a Florida high school, the administration rolled out several policy proposals that focus largely on mental health and school safety initiatives. The idea of arming some teachers has been controversial and has drawn sharp opposition from the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers lobby, among other groups. Many of the student survivors have urged Washington to toughen restrictions on gun purchases, but such measures are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association, and the Trump plan does not include substantial changes to gun laws.”
The White House plan will also support the “Fix NICS” bill, which is designed to improve background checks for gun purchases. However, it doesn’t contain universal background checks, which would be far more effective and is also opposed by the gun lobby.
Democrats say the White House proposal falls short of the promises Trump made just days after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Senator Pat Robert Casey (D-PA) commented:
“This plan is weak on security and an insult to the victims of gun violence. When it comes to keeping our families safe, it’s clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are all talk and no action.”
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